Nichole Krabbenhoft, a third grade teacher at South Elementary School, was the recipient of "A Day Made Better" from Office Max in Fargo on Tuesday, Oct. 2.
Through this program, Krabbenhoft was given $1,000 worth of office supplies and South Elementary was given $2,000 worth of office supplies.
Krabbenhoft, who is in her third year of teaching, was surprised by Office Max and South Principal Loren Kersting with this honor on Tuesday when she was picking up her students from music class.
"I suppose 'flabbergasted' is an appropriate word," Krabbenhoft said, when asked about her thoughts on the honor. "I heard about the program, but would never have put two and two together. I couldn't believe it."
The "A Day Made Better" program has been running for about six years. Since teachers, on average, spend roughly $1,000 of their own money on their classrooms every year, the program is meant to give back to one teacher, nominated by principals, in the area of every Office Max in the nation. Donations are taken in each store.
With "A Day Made Better," Krabbenhoft received a new desk chair that she "probably loves too much," among other supplies.
"I would just like to thank Office Max for the program and keeping teachers appreciated," Krabbenhoft said, "Kersting for recognizing the effort I put forth."
According to her page on adaymadebetter.com, Krabbenhoft's "enthusiasm, care for all kids, her ability to work with all kids, her smile, energy level, ability with technology is outstanding."
"Teaching is an amazing field with many intrinsic awards. But sometimes it can get you down," Krabbenhoft said. "This kind of brought me back up."