Christiansburg teacher wins school supplies
It might not have been Christmas, but Santa did make a stop at Christiansburg Elementary School on Tuesday.
“Office[Max] Santa,” said third-grade student Jeremiah Farris.
On Tuesday morning, Jeremiah and his classmates witnessed their teacher Kristen Burnette’s surprise as she was given more than $1,000 worth of office supplies as a part of OfficeMax’s A Day Made Better program.
OfficeMax employee Chris Miear said Burnette was one of 1,000 teachers around the country awarded with supplies by local OfficeMax stores during the annual event.
Burnette is one of four first-year teachers that CES Principal Kelly Roark entered into the contest. Roark said one aspect that made Burnette special was that she had worked as a long-term substitute teacher last year, so she entered this year already comfortable with the school’s setting.
A 2012 graduate of Radford University, Burnette was overcome with joy at her new box of supplies, which included, among of flurry of other supplies, a desktop lamination machine, video camera and a much-coveted new desk chair.
According to Jeremiah, his teacher’s previous chair was an old wooden one that always appeared “not comfy.”
“The chair was probably older than me,” Burnette said.
Roark confirmed that the chair was a bit of a relic that had been brought in for Burnette from the library.
As the teacher eased into her new plush seat, she admitted she was still processing the joy of the event.
“It’s indescribable. There really are not words,” Burnette said.
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