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Hawaii teachers get surprise deliveries to their classroom

Lisa Myers Lisa Myers
Beth Deemer Beth Deemer
Deborah Yasuda Deborah Yasuda

By Stephanie Lum - bio | email

PEARL CITY (KHNL) - At Lehua Elementary School in Pearl City, unannounced visitors approach a classroom bearing gifts. The group interrupts a class in session taught by Lisa Myers. Myers looks confused as she sees them wheel in a brand new black leather office chair while others carry a giant box into the classroom. Next, they instruct the students to open it and as soon as they do, the room is filled with "ooh's and ahh's". Inside the box, Myers and her students find more than $1,200 in classroom and school supplies donated by Office Max.

"I'm so in shock and didn't know what was going on," said Myers.

13 other Hawaii teachers got the surprise delivery including Deborah Yasuda of Puohala Elementary School in Kaneohe. Yasuda, overcome by emotion, couldn't find the right words to express just how thankful she was for the brand new supplies.

In tears she said, "Thank you so much, thank you really, I don't know what else to say."

Every year, Office Max employees turn into the prize patrol, making surprise deliveries around the nation to teachers who have given so much.

"Teachers have to spend so much of their own money to get the supplies they need for their kids, so we decided to give back to the teachers," said Office Max's Beth Deemer.

Yasuda says she spends up to $800 of her own money every year just so her students can have the classroom materials they need. In the stash, Yasuda finds something she could really use.

"I take a lot of pictures and I've never had a digital camera in my entire life so now I finally have a digital camera!" exclaimed Yasuda.

Office Max donated school supplies to more than 1,000 teachers across the country as part of the company's effort to erase teacher-funded classrooms.

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