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Sohns has her ‘day made better,’ thanks to OfficeMax
Oct. 10, 2011
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Lynda Sohns has been teaching in Delano since 1979

By Ryan Gueningsman
Managing Editor

DELANO, MN – Delano Elementary School third grade teacher Lynda Sohns had her “day made better,” thanks to an honor bestowed upon her Tuesday morning.

“A Day Made Better” is an annual event where more than 1,000 teachers nationwide are surprised and honored with an award and a total of $1 million in school supplies from OfficeMax. The honor recognizes extraordinary teachers for their hard work in the classroom, and encourages support for teachers across the country.

Sohns received a color printer, a Kodak digital camera, label maker, calculator, pens, and assorted supplies, as well as a teacher’s chair.

“I will use some of the materials for my personal classroom and will share some of the larger items with my fellow teachers,” Sohns said.

Because teachers spend $1,000 out-of-pocket annually on essential classroom supplies, OfficeMax and Adopt-A-Classroom founded A Day Made Better to lead the fight to end teacher-funded classrooms, according to a press release from OfficeMax.

“I have purchased many items over the years out of my own pocket, as all teachers do,” Sohns said.

Winning teachers were nominated for this award by their principals for demonstrating passion, dedication, and innovation in the classroom.

Delano Elementary School Assistant Principal Corey Lahr nominated Sohns, and noted “Lynda Sohns is a dedicated teacher at Delano Elementary School, and always wants what is best for all students.”

Lahr said Sohns devotes countless hours in school and at home to plan fun lessons for students.

“She teaches all subjects in her classroom, and provides instruction that challenges students of all ability levels,” Lahr added.

Sohns is a graduate of St. Cloud State University, and has been teaching third grade at Delano Elementary School since 1979. She is married to Brad, and they have two adult children, Brian and Melissa.

“Mrs. Sohns is also a leader amongst her grade level and other Delano Elementary teachers,” Lahr said. “She is on the cutting-edge of latest proven teaching practices, and is willing to try them with her students and share with others.”

Since 2007, OfficeMax’s A Day Made Better and its nonprofit partner, Adopt-A-Classroom have funded more than 4,500 classrooms with more than $4.5 million in grants and school supplies, and helped secure funding for more than 66,000 classrooms annually through donations to Adopt-A-Classroom.

“I was surprised and honored by the award,” Sohns said. “I work with a great group of teachers and support staff and was honored to have been chosen.”

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