“Waiting for ‘Superman'” pledge drive benefits 40 more U.S. teachers
By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: We’re continuing to track the progress of “Waiting for ‘Superman,’” Davis Guggenheim’s noble documentary that hopes to shine a light on the plight of America’s public school system.
Paramount Pictures, Participant Media and Walden Media just announced that 40,000 people so far have pledged to see the film when it opens in the fall, meaning the studios have reached the second goal reached on their “Pledge Progress Meter” campaign.
Because that number was reached, Chicago-based office supply retailer OfficeMax will add 40 U.S. teachers to its “A Day Made Better” program, which helps defray the out-of-pocket expenditures on school supplies. The program usually hands out $1,000 in school supplies to 1,000 teachers. Now 1,040 teachers will benefit.
“Thanks to more than 40,000 pledges to see this important documentary film, OfficeMax is pleased to surprise 40 deserving teachers across the country with a total of $40,000 in school supplies on behalf of our national cause called A Day Made Better,” said Bill Bonner, senior director of external relations for OfficeMax. “By joining the ‘Take the Pledge’ campaign, we hope to call attention to the issue of teacher out-of-pocket spending, encourage national support and start erasing teacher teacher-funded classrooms.”
Designed to start a national conversation, Guggenheim’s documentary and corresponding “Take the Pledge” campaign aim to inspire everyone to create innovative and long-term solutions to help change the course of our kids’ lives for the better.
“Waiting for ‘Superman’” opens in New York and Los Angeles on Sept. 24, before going wider in October.
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