The Education Center Provides Free Curriculum and Educational Materials to Prepare Teachers for the Upcoming School Year through Partnership with Office Depot, Inc.

Boca Raton, Fla., August 12, 2014 Teachers can get free tools – and a chance to win a $500 gift card for classroom supplies – to help prepare for the start of the school season. Through a partnership forged with The Education Center, LLC, publisher of The Mailbox® books and magazines, Office Depot and OfficeMax are preparing teachers for the new school year by providing quick access to back-to-school curriculum and educational materials such as teacher-tested ideas on organizing the classroom and school-related paperwork. Educators can also participate in the ‘Gotta Get It!’ Teacher Awards Sweepstakes* for the chance to win gift cards to help stock up on school supplies, which runs through September 30.

“Getting these free resources from a company I trust gives me a great head start,” said Amy Payne, a third-grade teacher in Greensboro, NC. “The website helped me with everything, from creating a positive learning environment to communicating with parents to simplifying my classroom technology.”

‘Gotta Get It!’ simplifies the back-to-school transition with free timesaving resources, downloads, and teacher tips videos. While on the website, teachers who enter the sweepstakes at have a chance to win a $500 Office Depot or OfficeMax gift card, or one of six $100 gift cards.

“I begin my classroom planning—and spending—well before school starts,” Payne said. “What teacher couldn’t use a $500 gift card from Office Depot or OfficeMax? That would sure take the pressure off my own wallet!”

In addition to the resources and sweepstakes, teachers can also learn more about Office Depot Rewards® and OfficeMax MaxPerks® Teacher Rewards. These programs are free to join and provide teachers with savings on essential items, including ink, toner, paper, and copy and print products and services. To join, visit or

* NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Starts 6/16/14 and ends 11:59 p.m. EDT on 9/30/2014. Open to current legal residents of the US/DC who, at time of entry, are age 21+, employed full-time or part-time as classroom teachers in preschool through grade 12, and are located in the United States. Residents of Rhode Island are not eligible. Void where prohibited. Visit for rules. Administrator: The Education Center LLC, 3515 West Market Street, Greensboro, NC 27403.

About The Education Center, LLC

The Education Center was founded in 1973 by Marge and Jake Michel who, like many other educators, were frustrated by the lack of practical, ready-to-use materials for the classroom. So they created several products in their spare time, and the company grew from there.

Today hundreds of thousands of teachers across the country depend on The Education Center’s products to enrich their lesson plans, to speed up their planning time, and to leave them more time to do what they love best—teach. Learn more about The Education Center at

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