Help TPG Teachers Through Staples’ Reward A Classroom Program

by on August 5, 2013 · 13 comments

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The first day of school is just around the corner, so if you’re a parent or student, chances are you’ll be spending some cash to prep for the new year. That means plenty of opportunities for earning bonus points of back-to-school supplies (stay tuned for an upcoming post), but it also creates opportunities to help teachers all around the country stock their classrooms with much needed supplies with Staples Rewards’ “Reward A Classroom” program. Simply put, Staples will give 2-5% of your spend (up to $50 a year) to a teacher who is enrolled in the program to be used for Staples purchases. This requires minimal effort on your part and the teacher automatically gets the credit- no need to keep receipts or submit anything once you are linked to a teach. Each registered teacher can have up to 40 people linked to their account, so they can get up to $2,000 in Staples credit a year, which is no small chunk of change.
Staples Reward A Classroom

How This Works

If you are a teacher who participates in Staples’ Teacher Rewards, or a parent whose child has a teacher who is enrolled in the Reward A Classroom program and you want our help in linking more Staples Rewards account to your account for the extra bonuses, email us at [email protected], and we’ll put together a list of teachers who could use free supplies from Staples. We will not publish a future post with any of this information, but we will give out the information to any TPG readers who wants to help out. In the subject line, put TEACHER ADDITION.

If you spend money at Staples and want to help out, email [email protected] and put TEACHER REQUEST in the subject line and we will respond back with a Teacher Rewards Number and information on how to do the one-time linking. If you don’t have any plans to spend at Staples, please don’t request a teacher because they can only have 40 people linked to their account each year and if you link and don’t spend, that’s lost (free!) supplies for them.

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So what is the points angle here? If you have the Chase Ink Bold, Ink Plus, Ink Classic or Ink Cash you earn 5 valuable Ultimate Rewards points per dollar spent at office supply stores (like Staples), plus you can earn an additional 3 points per dollar by shopping at through the Ultimate Rewards shopping portal, plus you’ll earn your usual 5% Staples Rewards, and you’ll be earning bonus rewards for a worthy teacher. It’s a win-win-win-win.

Always shop through an online portal when purchasing goods online

Always shop through an online portal when purchasing goods online

Reward A Classroom Details

Staples Rewards members can earn up to 5% back on purchases in the form of rewards, but they can also designate a teacher who can earn additional bonuses including 2% back in rewards on everything excluding postage, phone/gift cards and savings passes, and 5% back in rewards on Copy & Print purchases. Teachers can earn up to $50 from as many as 40 parents per year for a grand total of $2,000 back in rewards. The awards that the teacher earns are in addition to what you earn, so there’s really no reason why you wouldn’t want to have free money donated to a teacher.

First, teachers need to have a Teacher Rewards number, which you can sign up for here. Next they can register up for a Reward A Classroom account here. Then you can share your Rewards A Classroom account with parents and friends who can link to it, and then when they make purchases at Staples with their own Staples Rewards account, the teacher automatically earns those additional rewards. Parents can find teachers rewards account at this link by searching by name, school and city/state.

To find out more about the program, visit the FAQ page here.

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  • jammanxc

    this is a great idea! Thanks Brian

  • Guest

    Nice. What this also means is that if Staples can afford to give all of these bonuses, their markups are huge!

  • JosephB

    Hopefully some other bloggers share this as well. I know its not credit card sign up links but the teachers really could use the support.

  • Chirpchirp

    Hi Brian, Thanks for doing this. I just sent you an ‘addition’ email (I’m a teacher). However, when you click the email address link above, it says “teacher@the points” BUT, if you click the link, it populates the e-mail address with “teacherS” (with an extra ‘s’ in the email address). The email bounced back to me as an invalid address. I just restyped the correct address, but you may want to fix this link for others. THANKS again for doing this!

  • thepointsguy

    thx- fixed!

  • thepointsguy

    As are most other retails.. so might as well maximize the amount you can get back!

  • ConfrontingWhiners

    Why do you hate so much?

    We can always expect anonymous trolls, like you, who gleefully suck the teats of prosperity of our great country, turn around and criticize the benevolence of its business owners and citizens.

    Suggestion: move to a third world country, where school supplies — heck, even standard 6th grade education — is an absolute luxury… and make your ivory tower protests of Staples from there. You will also be struggling to eat, find healthy water to drink, and not have time to read a airline points blog.

    Getting perspective is a b*tch, isn’t it?

  • yep

    So what’s your point?

    You claim Staples “markups are huge”.. but you provide no facts.

    Are they supposed to give away school supplies until they go out of business? Would that then, finally make you happy?

  • YouAreStupid

    yes, their markups are huge. It’s called success. If you don’t like it, move to Detroit, where they hated businesses with high markups for 3 decades. I hear it’s wonderful in Detroit now.

  • miffSC

    As a teacher…. I offer you a big pat on the back for this!

  • Jon

    I spend a lot of money there buying visa gift cards to load to bluebird. Does that spending count?

  • Victoria Fisher

    Very cool offer, TPG, thank you for coordinating this.

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