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Sabrina Marciel, left, gets a hug from her student Antalis Wilson, 7, left, as Jeremiah Hill, 7, front right, checks out a box of school supplies, Tuesday, at Sheldon Elementary School in Fairfield. OfficeMax surprised Marciel with $1,000 of classroom supplies for her class. (Aaron Rosenblatt/Daily Republic)


Sheldon teacher gets surprise gift of school supplies

By From page A3 | October 02, 2013

FAIRFIELD — The annual A Day Made Better lived up to its name as Sheldon Academy of Innovative Learning, second-grade teacher Sabrina Marciel was surprised Tuesday morning with almost $2,000 worth of school supplies.

The 27-year veteran, who has taught at E. Ruth Sheldon School her entire career, was the only teacher in the Fairfield-Suisun School District to receive the boxes of folders, composition books, paper towels, pens, pencils and other supplies.

OfficeMax sponsors the event. About 1,000 teachers would get the same surprise as Marciel at schools across the country Tuesday. Only one teacher is chosen in participating school districts.

Marciel was nominated by Sheldon staff, including attendance clerk Rhonda Anderson and principal Kathryn Ferreira.

“She’s one of our longtime teachers,” Anderson said. Marciel, she said, is very good with classroom management and keeping her charges motivated.

“We as teachers spend so much money buying our own supplies,” Ferreira said.

OfficeMax estimates that teachers spend as much as $1,000 annually of their own money to stock classroom supplies.

“She’s been buying supplies for about 25 years,” Ferreira said. “We really appreciate her.”

The supplies were delivered by Weldon Gray, team leader of the Fairfield OfficeMax. He attended Sheldon Elementary School, beginning in kindergarten and continuing through fourth grade.

“This is all for one teacher,” Gray said, standing by the stacked boxes. “Hopefully she’s set for the next couple of years.”

A framed certificate of appreciation was presented to Marciel from Gray. Then, the boxes began to make their way into the classroom.

“Oh my goodness,” Marciel said when she saw the first one. The children quickly gathered around her and the boxes. “I got a chair, yay,” she said in reference to the contents of one of the boxes. Marciel said she has been looking around for new chair.

Before Gray and his helpers departed, the children said, “Thank you.”

Marciel said she hoped to unpack the boxes after school was out for the day. Trips to replenish school supplies would probably become a thing of the past.

This was the seventh annual A Day Made Better. More than $8 million worth of schools supplies have been given out through the program.

“Teachers and education are a part of the crucial infrastructure necessary to build a promising future for our children, and yet many teachers and schools face significant challenges to make ends meet in the classroom due to budget shortfalls,” said Carolyn Brooks, vice president, chief diversity officer and president of OfficMax Charitable Foundation, in a press release.

Reach Amy Maginnis-Honey at 427-6957 or [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/amaginnisdr.

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey joined the staff of the Daily Republic in 1980. She’ll tell you she was only 3 at the time. Over the past three decades she’s done a variety of jobs in the newsroom. Today, she covers arts and entertainment and writes for the Living and news pages.

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