Teacher wins a year’s worth of school supplies in university contest

Photo courtesy of the Taylor School District

Photo courtesy of the Taylor School District

Learning Gizmos owner Nancy Korte (left) meets Taylor teacher and EMU alumna Rhonda Danaj, the $1,000 grand prize winner of the EMU Education First Stimulus initiative.

A Taylor School District school teacher won the grand prize in the Eastern Michigan University Education First Stimulus Initiative.

Rhonda Danaj, a second-grade teacher at Holland Elementary School, won a year’s worth of school supplies from EMU. She purchased the $1,000 in supplies at Learning Gizmos in Warren.

Danaj is an EMU graduate — one of the criteria for entering the contest that was designed to help alumni in the classroom.

There was no cost to participate in the contest. Teachers who graduated from EMU were required only to send an e-mail to enter. Everyone who entered received such prizes as university-branded pencils, pennants and posters, branded hand sanitizers, an EMU Eagle discount program alumni card and a 25 percent off one in-store purchase or 20 percent off one online order from Learning Gizmos.

But only Taylor resident Danaj won the grand prize.

“Thank you for putting education first and making a difference in the lives of many,” she said.