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.