94% of public school teachers pay for school supplies out of pocket.
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Chipotle will Venmo teachers across the country $100,000 to pay for school supplies.
Teachers can reply to Chipotle's tweet with a school-supplies receipt for a chance at reimbursement.
94% of public school teachers pay for supplies out of pocket and teacher salaries have decreased.
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Chipotle is giving away $100,000 to help teachers buy back-to-school supplies, and 140 teachers have already replied to the tweet for a chance to reimburse the costs of their back-to-school material.
In the US, 94% of public school teachers have personally paid for school supplies, with the average teacher spending $479 out of pocket and others spending thousands to outfit their classrooms.
-Chipotle (@ChipotleTweets) August 10, 2021
To participate, teachers can reply to the tweet with the hashtag #SuppliesContest and a photo of their school-supplies receipt. Teachers have responded with pictures of receipts for everything from printers and books to colored pencils and crayons.
Public-education funds have tightened, and teachers in 42 states are paid less than they were a decade ago. As a result, teachers and school districts often resort to stopgap measures like social media and GoFundMe pages to raise money for essential classroom supplies.
“We wanted to lend a hand to a community that has endured so much over the past year,” said Chris Brandt, Chief Marketing Officer. “Chipotle is a company that's been committed to supporting teachers and we will continue to find creative ways to show our appreciation for the professionals who are cultivating a better future for our communities.”
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