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Wailuku Elementary teacher given gift of school supplies

October 3, 2013
The Maui News
Wailuku Elementary School kindergarten teacher Lori Cabacungan and her students open a box full of school supplies Tuesday afternoon after a surprise presentation by OfficeMax Maui Marketplace Team Leader Michael Mochizuki (center). The $1,000 worth of supplies, including an office chair and a new Kindle reader, were part of the OfficeMax A Day Made Better awards program. Cabacungan was one of three Maui teachers to receive supplies. The others are Diane Ino, special needs teacher at Kula Elementary School, from Hopaco; and Beth Fobbe-Wills, choir teacher at Lahaina Intermediate School, from the Lahaina OfficeMax. The surprised Cabacungan said she no longer keeps track of how much of her own money she spends each year on school supplies for her classroom and her students. “When I first started teaching, I would spend $1,500 to $2,000 every year,” she said. “I quit keeping track of what I was spending because it was too depressing.” After the presentation, she wiped away tears and said, “Oh my goodness” over and over.
The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo


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