Staples helps you “Thank a Teacher,” giving away $100K to teachers nationwide

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While teachers positively impact students on a daily basis, some go above and beyond and end up standing out among all others. These are the teachers that leave a lasting impression on their students, one they carry along with them into adulthood and for the rest of their lives.

To celebrate the impact these teachers have on our lives, Staples is awarding the schools of 10 teachers with $10,000 in Staples gift cards to ensure they’re ready for a successful school year. Yes, that’s a total of $100,000!

You can nominate a teacher now through Sept. 14 by posting about them on Twitter or Instagram, tagging @StaplesStores and including #ThankATeacher and #Sweepstakes. Make sure your accounts are public so Staples can see your post.

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You can make the post for a teacher you had as a child if they’re still teaching or about a teacher your child has now. Your child can even post about their teacher themselves if they are at least 13 years old.

Schools must be an accredited K-12 school located in one of the 50 United States or Washington, D.C. There is a limit of one entry per day per social media account and entries submitted to the same platform on a different day must consist of a unique entry. Winners will be selected in a random drawing on or about Sept. 18 from all eligible entries. Odds of winning depend upon the total number of eligible entries received.

You can read the full rules on Staples’ website.


According to a new survey from Staples, 83% of Americans say they had a teacher that made a meaningful impact on their life, yet nearly a third haven’t told them “thank you” and wish they did.

Do you regret not thanking one of your teachers? Who will you be nominating for Staples’ “Thank a Teacher” sweepstakes?

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