BENTONVILLE, Ark. – July 21, 2014 – For the first time ever, Walmart is offering teachers across the country 10 percent savings on classroom supplies. The retailer announced the teacher-exclusive savings event as data shows 53 percent of teachers received less in funding last year. Walmart has donated more than $20 million to U.S. educators in the last five years.
Teachers who shop at Walmart stores during its Teacher Appreciation Week, July 25 to 31, are eligible to receive a Walmart eGift Card for 10 percent back on nearly 15,000 products – everything from pencils and glue to classroom décor.
"On average, teachers around the country spend about $1,000 readying their classrooms, and half of that comes from reaching into their own wallets to make sure students have what they need," said Steve Bratspies, executive vice president, general merchandise for Walmart U.S. "We've had a commitment to supporting teachers in the communities we serve for many years. This program is one more way we're helping lessen the cost, increase support and set teachers up for success."
The savings process for teachers is simple:
Walmart's existing commitment to teachers includes the Walmart Foundation's Teacher Rewards program. Through Teacher Rewards, all Sam's Club, Walmart stores and distribution centers nationwide receive gift cards to give local schools to help teachers stocking their classrooms.
This back-to-school season, Walmart will also host Fill the Bus events, which provide nearly half a million needed items to local students. Fill the Bus is a series of school supply drives at Walmart's more than 4,000 stores nationwide.
Parents and teachers alike can turn to the online tool Classrooms by Walmart to find classroom specific supply and uniform lists. Back in its third year, teachers can create classroom registries as well as add their own supply lists to help parents simplify their shopping.
Walmart stores are prepared for the back-to-school season with items that top customers' supply lists at everyday low prices. To find more information about new, exclusive and popular items visit Walmart's Blog.
Follow the conversation during Teacher's Appreciation Week by following @WalmartNewsroom and using the hashtag #ThankYouTeachers for updates on teacher celebrations across the nation.