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October 12, 2013

A day made better

Starpoint's Patricia Oliphant wins $1,000 worth of school supplies from OfficeMax

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Also, OfficeMax consumers and business clients contributed nearly $700,000 in additional school supplies through this summer’s in-store supply drive held at OfficeMax stores across the country.

”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 Carolynn Brooks, vice president, chief diversity officer and president of the OfficeMax Charitable Foundation. “OfficeMax is proud to be hosting its seventh year of A Day Made Better, where we join our customers in helping teachers and schools secure the supplies they need to succeed.”

Oliphant, who is in her 18th year teaching at Starpoint, is a phenomenal teacher, Stafford said. She often requests to include special needs students in her general education kindergarten class.

“She’s very happy to have them in her class,” Stafford said.

And if her students have something special going on, like a sporting event for example, Oliphant usually attends them. She is a very receptive and very strong teacher, Stafford said.

”Families that have had kids in her class in the past, request her for their younger kids,” Stafford said. “She’s somebody who is in the profession for the right reasons.”

Oliphant has taught for a total of 29 years, with all but three of them in kindergarten.

Contact reporter Joe Olenick at 439-9222, ext. 6241 or follow him on Twitter @joeolenick.

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