Grand & Toy

Grand & Toy

October 05, 2010 08:00 ET

Grand & Toy's A Day Made Better Recognizes 12 Outstanding Canadian Teachers

National Program Donates Approximately $24,000 Worth of School Supplies as Survey Shows Increase in Teachers' Out-Of-Pocket Classroom Expenses

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 5, 2010) - Today, from Surrey to Halifax, Grand & Toy presented 12 of Canada's outstanding teachers each with $2,000 worth of school supplies as part of its A Day Made Better program (

School principals and the office solutions providers' regional employees worked together to surprise teachers in classrooms and assembly rooms with a new ergonomic chair and a box full of essential classroom supplies to last the school year.

Winning teachers were chosen in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Nova Scotia and Quebec.

"The A Day Made Better program has two goals," says Kevin Edwards, Grand & Toy's vice president of marketing. "First, it gives the teaching community, parents and students a chance to recognize and thank outstanding teachers who go above and beyond the call of duty. But the donation of school supplies is meant to aid teachers' growing out-of-pocket expenses—especially for those in less affluent areas of the country."

According to survey results released in July 2010 by the Canadian Teachers' Federation, the average Canadian teacher spent $453 in out-of-pocket expenses to fund classroom needs, such as supplies or classroom activities, in the 2008-09 school year. This was an increase from $344 five years earlier.

"More and more classrooms don't have the supplies needed to provide quality education. Teachers end up covering the expenses themselves," says Pam Schwartzberg, executive director of Learning for a Sustainable Future, a not-for-profit that works to integrate sustainability education into classrooms, and which partnered with Grand & Toy to select the winning teachers. "Today, programs like A Day Made Better are needed to support teachers in creating classrooms that are healthy, complete learning environments."

To find the deserving recipients, teaching staff and parents were invited to visit Grand & Toy's website to nominate teachers in their community who exhibited innovation, passion and creativity in the classroom.

The program, a pillar of Grand &Toy's corporate social responsibility strategy that focuses on fostering and supporting the education of underprivileged children from JK to Grade 12, is modelled after parent company OfficeMax's program, which also surprised 1,000 winners today.

For a list of the 2010 winners and more information on A Day Made Better, visit

About Grand & Toy

Grand & Toy is one of Canada's leading office solutions providers. With a heritage that dates back to 1882, today's Grand & Toy is committed to offering sustainable solutions to Canadian business in the areas of interiors, technology, imaging and professional services, in addition to office and facility supplies. We operate one of the country's largest distribution networks serving clients coast to coast. Grand & Toy also demonstrates a firm commitment to corporate social responsibility through a comprehensive sustainability strategy that's manifested through numerous internal and external environmental and social outreach programs.For more information, visit

About Learning for a Sustainable Future

Learning for a Sustainable Future is a not-for-profit, registered charitable organization that was established in 1991 to integrate sustainability education into Canada's education system. Our innovative programs and partnerships are advancing, through education, the knowledge, skills, values and actions essential to responsible citizenship. For more information, please visit

Contact Information

  • For interview opportunities with Grand & Toy or LSF
    spokespersons, as well as regional event photos,
    please contact: Maverick PR
    Yuri Park
    416.640.5525 x 233
    Maverick PR
    Natalia Williams
    416.640.5525 x 231