Meijer giving teachers 15 percent off on classroom supplies for back-to-school shopping
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Meijer announced this week that it would offer teachers a 15 percent discount on classroom supplies this summer to help cut down on back-to-school shopping costs.

The regional retailer announced Wednesday in a press release that it would offer the discount to teachers effective immediately through the end of September.

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“We recognize that teachers spend a lot of money out of their own pockets on school supplies and we hope this offer will help,” Brandon Pasch, director of back-to-school merchandising for Meijer.

The promotion applies to a variety of standard school supplies, including notebooks, planners, pens and pencils, backpacks and a variety of other items. Teachers need only present a current school ID at any Meijer store.

The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer said it expects more than 80,000 teachers to use the discount this summer.

Meijer's announcement follows a similar move from Target, which announced last month that it would offer teachers a 15 percent discount on classroom supplies this summer. Target's promotion begins July 15 and will reportedly run for a week.

Roughly 94 percent of public school teachers reported using their own money on school supplies for their classrooms, according to 2018 data from the National Center of Education Statistics.

The study found that nearly all public school teachers spend, on average, around $480 annually on school supplies — nearly double the $250 federal tax deduction available to teachers.