Staples steps up for teachers

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Staples steps up for teachers

By Dan Ochwat - 08/19/2020

For the second year in a row, Staples has launched its “Thank a Teacher” program that asks parents and students to honor a teacher who is meaningful to them by sharing a story on Twitter or Instagram for a chance to win $5,000 worth of supplies for the classroom.

Due to the pandemic, the school year will be much different with a mix of remote learning and in-person learning and Staples US Retail said teachers will need more help than ever. The contest awards 20 stand-out teachers and consumers can nominate by Sept. 26 by posting on the social channels and tagging Staples, and using #ThankATeacher and #contest. Consumers can also fill out an online form on

Angela Kinsey with Staples school products

Staples US Retail, Framingham, Mass., has brought on actress Angela Kinsey to promote the contest. The retailer, with its own brand products, is a headquarters for school shopping of all ages. To adapt to the new normal, the company teamed up with Instacart to offer delivery, enhanced its curbside pickup and buy online services. The company said it offers hand sanitizer, face masks and technology to help teachers under the new COVID-19 conditions.

Staples is also offering a discount of 20% off for teachers when they present a school ID and shoppers who join a Classroom Rewards program can help donate 20% of their rewards to an enrolled educator of their choice.

"It’s undeniable that this school year will look different for everyone. Staples knows that teachers will need our support more than ever – whether they’re teaching in the classroom, remotely or a combination of both,” said Mike Motz, Staples US Retail CEO. “We wanted to provide a platform this year to allow both students and parents to celebrate their teachers by sharing personal stories of gratitude and appreciation.” 

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