LAHAINA - At a very special awards ceremony, a very special teacher won the Office Max "A Day Made Better" Award.
Lahaina Office Max staff presented Princess Nahi'ena'ena teacher Liko Rogers with a certificate of appreciation, swivel chair, digital camera and two large boxes with school supplies totaling $1,000.
Principal Lynn Kaho'ohalahala nominated Rogers, a Hawaiian Language Immersion teacher. He provides instruction in Hawaiian for multiple grade levels in one classroom.
Earlier this year, parents helped raise the money for classroom supplies.
Rogers was very surprised and honored that he won.
"I will use the camera to take pictures of my class during activities, and the supplies will be used for school projects. I really appreciate what Office Max does for teachers," he said.
Each year, Office Max and Adopt-A-Classroom work with school principals nationwide to select deserving teachers.
Kaho'ohalahala said, "I nominated Kumu Liko based on his dedication to provide students with the best possible education, his innovation for thinking outside the box and engaging his students through creative learning activities and programs, his passion for education and his enthusiasm in the classroom, and his need for essential classroom supplies."
She added, "I am very appreciative for the support Office Max, Lahaina has given to Princess Nahi'ena'ena. School."
OfficeMax Goodworks programs have served communities and schools since 2007. More than $14 million in grants and supplies have been given to support teachers and their classrooms nationwide.