Creating Change: Giving, Voting, Reaching Schools #TeachersChangeLives

Having worked in the public school trenches, I get it. I get how the supply closet is grossly under-stocked and how a $50 stipend, per classroom teacher, is never enough to meet the needs of a successful classroom. I look at teachers’ classroom needs (tissue boxes, paints, a carpet for first grade circle time, a pencil sharpener, portfolio and file folders, writing paper, journals…) and sigh. Loudly. Because all of these things should already be in a classroom.


Tomorrow, in Pennsylvania, is Election Day. In our local school district there is a heated campaign to fill 4 school board director spots. The number one concern is taxes and cutbacks versus spending carefully to help our children succeed. (Yes, that is a completely biased summary and you can guess on which side of the fence I sit.)

This is a sponsored post.

As governments sit back and take more and more away from the schools, teachers and, yes, the students (you know–the purpose of the schools), it’s encouraging that there are people and companies taking steps to help fill the financial void in education. Office Depot, for example, gets schools. They care about teachers and their challenges and strive to help them. Through partnerships like Adopt a Classroom and Office Depot’s Star Teacher program, they’re putting forth an effort to be a primary destination for school essentials–because they’ll support local teachers.

Just last week, I was inside Office Depot, shopping supplies for my kids’ classrooms with an Office Depot gift card (provided for this promotion) and overheard mentions of their promotions–learning how parents and neighbors can join Office Depot to help local classrooms succeed in teaching children.


Office Depot sent me a $100 gift card and a huge and heavy package full of school supplies to donate to my children’s classrooms to help to show their dedication to helping classrooms throughout our country.

How you can join Office Depot and help your local schools to make REAL Change

  • Parents can register with Office Depot’s charity partner,, to participate in the REAL Change Project and be eligible for funding from donors nationwide
  • Spread the word by using the resources available in the Office Depot Teachers Change Lives tool kit
  • Make a donation to Adopt a Classroom
  • If you’re in Pennsylvania, take a few minutes to research those running for local positions and vote for those who support public education advancement–helping teachers to truly help the students to learn.

I am an Office Depot REAL Change blog ambassador. This post is part of a campaign where I was compensated for my time. To learn
more about REAL Change, visit their website.

mom of 3 and wife living in the Philadelphia suburbs, Julie is a former elementary school teacher and a Public Relations manager. She is the owner/editor of Julieverse, a merchandiser with Chloe + Isabel ( and founder VlogMom and Splash Creative Media. A marketing strategist and freelance education and parenting writer by trade, Julie attempts to carve out time to enjoy playing with her kids, PTO, cooking and exercise.

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