You know how local restaurants host benefit dinners where they give all of their proceeds to a charity? Now, teachers have something kind of like that.

The Classroom Rewards program at Staples lets customers upload receipts so that 20% of what they spend can be credited to the teacher of their choice.

If you’re a teacher, this is a must for Back-to-School. If you’re a parent, grandparent, etc. of a kid in school, it doesn’t get much easier to make a monetary impact on schoolteachers.

Here’s how it works:

 

Teachers sign up for Classroom Rewards by Sept. 19 to get an instant $5 reward.

If you’re a teacher, you’ll first need to sign up for the free Staples Rewards program — the store’s more standard loyalty program.

Then you can sign up for Classroom Rewards. Enter your Staples Rewards ID number (you’ll get it when you sign up for that program), name, email, and school information, and you’re in.

You’ll get a $5 reward in your email once you’ve signed up; it’s basically a Staples gift card.

 

Parents etc. can upload their receipts to Staples and give the teacher 20% credit.

The Classroom Rewards parent portal lets parents search by city, school and/or teacher name, and then add information about their Staples purchase. Online and in-store orders are both accepted; you just have to make sure you hang on to your paper receipt if you shopped in person.

The teacher then gets 20% of the purchase price credited to their Classroom Rewards account.

Note: Staples says only certain items count toward the rewards, including school supplies, cleaning supplies, tissues, electronics, and essential accessories as well as food, snacks, and water.

 

 

Every 3 months, teachers receive a Staples in-store credit.

The $5 was just the beginning. As parents and supporters connect their receipts to teachers, the teacher’s Classroom Rewards account grows.

And every quarter (that is, every three months), teachers receive the payout — another gift-card-like credit for Staples, which the teacher can use for the classroom, for themselves, whatever!

 

You’ll want to pay attention to Staples deals to make those Rewards go farther.

If you’re shopping at Staples, you’ll want to keep tabs on the Staples deals at Krazy Coupon Lady. We’ll help your favorite teacher stretch those rewards by combining them with other promotions.

 

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