Target wants to help teachers stretch their back-to-school dollars on more than just supplies for their classrooms.
For the second year, the Minneapolis-based retailer will offer teachers a weeklong 15% discount on select items starting July 13, officials shared exclusively with USA TODAY Wednesday.
Jill Sando, Target's senior vice president and general merchandise manager of apparel, accessories and home, said there was a "phenomenal response" during the inaugural event and teachers saved millions on classroom supplies.
“I’m excited we’re bringing the event back again this year with an expanded assortment of items eligible for the 15% discount, helping teachers save and get what they need for the upcoming school year,” Sando said in a statement.
This year, in addition to school supplies and essentials, which include disinfecting wipes and food storage bags, adult clothing and accessories, Pillowfort furniture and Bullseye’s Playground items also are included.
How to sign up
Target is working with third-party verification service SheerID to verify eligibility. Sign up for the coupon – valid July 13-20 in stores and online – at Target.com/teacherprep.
The discount is geared toward K-12 teachers, but Target will also offer the savings to teachers working at day care centers, early childhood learning centers and home schooling parents and teachers.
"We can take any document that ties your name and/or email address to an educational system" for verification, Target says in frequently asked questions. "Eligible guests who are not able to validate online can visit their local Target store and present their ID to the cashier for assistance."
Other documents that can be submitted include a school ID card, letter of employment on school letterhead, current pay stub and official documents.
For teachers able to verify the information online, the coupon will be emailed.
Here’s what is included in the weeklong teacher discount:
- All school supplies, including: pens, pencils, crayons, notebooks, folders, binders, arts and crafts items like markers, colored pencils, scissors, glue and classroom storage.
- Essentials: disinfecting wipes, facial tissue, hand sanitizer and food storage bags.
- Bullseye’s Playground.
- Pillowfort furniture.
- Men’s and women’s apparel and accessories, including performance, basics and shoes.
- Exclusions: Electronics, backpacks, lunch bags, trial & travel size items, swim, sleepwear, Fan Central, clearance, items sold and shipped by Target+TM Partners and Levi’s Red Tab are excluded.
More teacher discounts
According to the National Center of Education Statistics, 94% of teachers report spending their own money on supplies. Here are some stores that offer savings throughout the year.
Barnes & Noble: The retailer offers educators a 20% discount on qualifying purchases year-round with its free discount program.
Books-A-Million: With the free Educator’s Discount Program, teachers get a 20% discount on all items that they purchase in store and free online shipping. Request an educator discount card at www.booksamillion.com/educators.
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