Target Announces Week-Long 'Teacher Prep' Event For Discounts On Classroom Supplies

by Cassandra Stone
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Target’s teacher appreciation week runs from July 15-21

When it comes to classroom supplies, teachers everywhere pull from their own pockets to ensure their students have everything they need for the school year. Which is why Target is announcing it’s first ever, week-long Teacher Prep event — so teachers nationwide can save money while back-to-school shopping for classroom necessities.

Starting Sunday, July 15 and going through Saturday, July 21, Target’s Teacher Prep offers discounts on “select classroom supplies, from pens, pencils, crayons and markers to classroom storage and organization and tissues, hand sanitizer and more,” according to their blog post.

In order to take part in the event, starting July 15, teachers can go to verify your teacher status and grab your coupon code. The site won’t go live until Sunday the 15th, though, so don’t get worried if you head to the site and nothing pops up until then.

As if we needed another reason to love Target, right? This year everyone’s favorite store is determined to make back-to-school shopping as painless as possible. According to their corporate blog, they’re offering hopscotch in the backpack aisle and a Bullseye the dog “selfie station” in the kids’ apparel area. If you, like me, survive and maintain sanity by making lists — they’ve got you covered there, too, with School List Assist.

In a National Center of Education Statistics study released earlier this year, 94 percent of teachers reported spending their own money on supplies. The average amount teachers said they spent without reimbursement was $479, which is almost double the $250 tax deduction available to teachers.

“As many teachers begin to think about the upcoming school year, the Teacher Prep Event helps them get the classroom supplies they need at a greater value,” says Mark Tritton, Target’s executive vice president and chief merchandising officer. “It’s a way for Target to acknowledge the role they play in going the extra mile for their students.”