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Oakfield teacher one of 20 to win $5,000 from Staples 'Thank a Teacher' contest

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Posted at 1:02 PM, Dec 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-09 13:02:45-05

BUFFALO, N.Y (WKBW) — Staples announced the winners of its nationwide Thank a Teacher contest Wednesday and a teacher from Oakfield-Alabama Elementary School is one of the 20 winners.

The contest gave parents and students a platform to recognize a teacher that has gone above and beyond to make a positive impact.

Mrs. Stefanie Clark is a 1st grade teacher at Oakfield-Alabama Elementary School, she will receive a $5,000 Staples gift card to help the school purchase supplies and equipment needed to support the students.

"Mrs. Stefanie Clark, 1st grade teacher at Oakfield-Alabama Elementary School in Oakfield, NY, is an excellent educator, most deserving of the Staples #ThankATeacher #Contest. During distance learning, Mrs. Clark held individual online literacy lessons weekly with each of her young readers, encouraging and ensuring their continuous growth. A real superhero at the school, Mrs. Clark distributed grab-and-go meals and held special virtual events during the closure - Fort-nite Party & Halloween Costume Party (build your own fort / dress up & enjoy a bedtime story). Mrs. Clark definitely embodies the phrase, 'When you can't find the sunshine, be the sunshine'," a release from Staples says.

Staples partnered with actress Angela Kinsey to surprise the winning teachers on a Zoom call.