Alisha Parmerlee wins A Day Made Better Award

OfficeMax surprised Waukee Community School District teacher, Alisha Parmerlee, with the A Day Made Better Award and $1,000 in school supplies for her classroom on Oct. 2.

The OfficeMax A Day Made Better program, in partnership with, aims to help end the need for teacher-funded classrooms. Today marks the sixth year of the A Day Made Better program, in which OfficeMax associates surprise 1,000 teachers in their classrooms with $1,000 worth of school supplies — $1 million in sum.

Alisha Parmerlee is an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher at Brookview Elementary. The goal of the ESL program is to help students develop proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, writing and structure of the English language.

Parmerlee was nominated for the award after she spent her summer tutoring ESL students. With the help of SunPrairie Apartments, who allowed her to use an empty apartment, she was able to meet with five students every week during the summer for two hours to work on math, reading and English.

“Most of our parents can’t drive. By going to their home, I was able to take away the transportation obstacle and work with the kids on a weekly basis,” Parmerlee said.

Parmarlee provided tutoring services for her students for free and used her personal time.

“Her willingness to go above and beyond what is expected is why we wanted to nominate her for this award,” Terry Hurlburt, Brookview Elementary principal, said. “Mrs. Parmerlee won this award due to her exceptional contributions as an educator.”

OfficeMax Jordan Creek employees Steve Miller, store manager, Jesika Barber, assisitant store manager, Diane Scully, sales associate, Steve Crow, sales specialist and 63 Brookview Elementary ESL students waited in the library to surprise Parmerlee with the award and supplies.

After Parmerlee was presented with her award, Miller had one more surprise for Brookview Elementary. For 10 weeks the OfficeMax Jordan Creek store asked their customers to donate school supplies for Brookview Elementary. They were able to collect more than $1,200 in donations for the school.

“We only work with schools who serve Title 1 students to ensure we are reaching those who need the most assistance. We always wish we could do more, but this is a way OfficeMax can help students in need,” Miller said.


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Brookview ESL students wait to surprise Alisha Parmerlee.



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