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St. Nick’s Teacher Wins ‘Day Made Better’ Award

St. Nicholas of Tolentine School teacher Barbara Gliech was the surprise award recipient of $1,000 worth of school supplies in a contest organized through the Archdiocese of Chicago and co-sponsored by OfficeMax and the Adopt-A-Classroom program.{{more}}

The contest was designed as a means to highlight the challenges of teachers and gain community support to adopt classrooms.

Gliech was surprised Tuesday morning at St. Nicholas of Tolentine, 3741 W. 62nd St.

The promotion is called ÒA Day Made Better” and the program’s motto is Òworking to erase teacher funded classrooms.”

School Principal, Mariagnes Menden explained that teachers at all grade levels buy many school supplies with their own money due to underfunding at the schools.

Gliech has been a teacher at the school for more than 30 years. She teaches fifth to eighth grade math and is also the eighth-grade homeroom teacher.

Development Director, Elena Mireles praised Gliech for her dedication to the school and to her students.

Mireles’s believes her daughter excelled on her high school entrance exams and received a scholarship because of the dedication to learning Gliech showed her and all the students.

The $1,000 award included a new desk chair, a printer and a long list of classroom supplies. The supplies were carried to the classroom by several of Gliech’s eighth-grade students and OfficeMax representatives.

The students erupted in cheers and applause when the prizes were brought into the classroom. Several students wrote and read testimonials praising their teacher.

Gliech thanked everyone and said, ÒI certainly appreciate this. There are days when you don’t feel you accomplished enough. Things aren’t progressing. Then something like this happens.”

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