Twin Peaks Elementary teacher Kendra Lewis received a surprise visit in her classroom Tuesday as part of the seventh annual “A Day Made Better” event.

Employees from OfficeMax at Ina and Thornydale roads awarded Lewis with a new chair, a digital camera, a Kindle Fire and classrooms supplies.

The one-day event awards more than 1,000 teachers nationwide with $1,000 in much-needed classroom supplies.

Lewis has taught both kindergarten and first grade at Twin Peaks. She has also served as the student council sponsor and the teacher representative to Parents Teachers and Friends.

"Ms. Lewis approaches everything she does with a positive, can-do attitude," said Twin Peaks Principal Dondi Luce. "She makes everyone around her have a better day, and now it is her turn.”

Since its inception in 2007, OfficeMax’s “A Day Made Better” and its nonprofit partner have surprised more than 6,700 teachers and donated $8.85 million in school supplies to classrooms across the country.

Contact reporter Alexis Huicochea at or 573-4175. On Twitter @AlexisHuicochea

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