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06/04/2021

Staples social media contest thanks top teachers

Dan Berthiaume
Senior Editor, Technology
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Staples U.S. Retail is running the third annual “Thank A Teacher” contest on Instagram and Twitter.

The contest provides a platform for parents and students to recognize and reward a teacher who has gone above and beyond to make a positive impact on their lives. To nominate a teacher, consumers can post a photo or video on Twitter or Instagram using #ThankATeacher, #Contest and @StaplesStores, or by completing an entry form by scanning an in-store QR code or filling it out online. 

A panel of Staples judges will select 20 submissions and the corresponding teachers and schools as winners. On top of $5,000 in Staples Gift Cards for their classroom, Staples U.S. Retail is awarding winning teachers $2,000 for self-care to recharge before heading back into the classroom this fall.

Staples is also providing several other offerings specifically aimed at educators. From Jul. 1 through Sep. 30, registered teachers can receive 20% back in rewards from purchases made by registered parents who select them when teachers sign up for the Staples Classroom Rewards program. From Jul. 1 through Sep. 30, teachers who participate in Classroom Rewards receive 20% off their in-store purchases instantly.

In addition, Staples has partnered with school supply shopping platform Teacherlists.com to provide parents with a way to find their classrooms supply list and purchase it in one click at Staples.com/supplylists.

“Teaching has been one of the most stressful pandemic-era jobs,” said Marshall Warkentin, chief marketing and merchandising officer, Staples U.S. Retail. “We want to make sure that on top of a stocked classroom, our #ThankATeacher winners are provided with funds to spend on themselves to recharge for the upcoming back to school season. Each year our winning nominations come with stories about incredible teachers, and we’re excited to give them the recognition they deserve.”

Staples operates more than 1,000 stores across the U.S.