Hello to my fellow teachers! First of all, I’d like to take a moment to say to all of you who are going back into the classroom tomorrow (and in the next couple of weeks) best of luck on a rewarding, successful, and productive school year. I personally don’t go back until September, but August always has that little bit of a cloud over it as the end of summer draws nearer and all of the hopes, dreams, and fears of a new school year loom on the horizon. I hope everyone has had a chance to recharge their batteries during summer break. It’s so important as teachers that we have some downtime and time with our families and loved ones.
I’ve had a fun summer. I started off my summer break with that amazingly unforgettable trip to NYC that helped me to launch this little labor of love Teacher Sweepers. I’m so excited to see where this goes and watch it grow. I have high hopes for this blog, and I know with hard work and determination, it will grow and we will be able to offer bigger and better teacher-centered giveaways, contests, and sweepstakes.
Rest assured we are working hard behind the scenes to pull some strings to bring you some awesome prizes. We just got our ads up and running here on our website too in order to generate a little bit more income which will be recycled into our prizes and giveaways for fellow teachers. So, please, by all means – click on some ads for us! We also may have some upcoming links with affiliate marketing so we can make a little commission here at Teacher Sweepers to help our cause. We promise not to try to talk you into purchasing anything, and we certainly wouldn’t recommend anything we don’t personally use ourselves. But, we want to be totally upfront and honest with our readers because that whole transparency thing is something we are big on around here!
We’ve also started a Generosity campaign to help provide funds for a weekly giveaway (hey, we are total dreamers here at Teacher Sweepers, so we are dreaming big). You can check that out here. Please, feel free to share that link with people who might be interested in donating, especially any rich relatives, philanthropists, or anyone else who loves to give to great causes! We are also working on sponsors and donors to be able to bring you more amazing goodies. Also, if you didn’t catch the blog post about Teacher Sweepers asking for writers, check that out here. We’d love to have you be a guest blogger for us – no experience necessary.
I’d like to take a moment to thank all of you who took the time to participate in our very first giveaway. I’m so excited to announce the winner and tell you about our next giveaway for August. I can’t just tell you the winner though, because of course, I need to build some suspense. So instead, I am going to tell you all about our next giveaway, and then I’ll tell you the winner, I promise. The August giveaway will always have a special place in my heart because it is the first actual donation I received after sending those donation letters out in early July. I am still in negotiations with some others, and I still have yet to hear from some. But I am keeping the faith that I will have plenty of other opportunities to work with some awesome companies to provide the best giveaways to my peers. I just know it will happen!
I must tell you that I reached out to one of my personal favorite education-centered companies for a donation, and they did not disappoint! To be honest, they were the only educational place that I sent out a letter to because I really, really, really love them. Teacher’s Discovery has been a favorite of mine for years now! I always look forward to their catalogs (go ahead and order one here, you won’t be disappointed, and you may even drool a little bit over the awesomeness of their products), and they seriously have some of the best and most unique products out there for teachers. What I love about this company is stated perfectly on their About Us page – here is an excerpt: “Teacher’s Discovery has been in the business of providing wacky, current educational tools and goodies for over 40 years. We started out selling T-shirts, and now we sell anything a teacher could want and need. Your classroom is your corner of the world, and we want to help make it as fun and interesting as possible.”
Our friends at Teacher’s Discovery want you to be spoiled a little, and they are offering a $25.00 gift certificate to one lucky winner! Thank you Teacher’s Discovery for such a generous donation! So, in order to enter this giveaway, what you need to do is take a look at their website and find your favorite item. Once you’ve picked your favorite product (good luck picking just one… seriously!) come back here and comment below with your favorite product from Teacher’s Discovery for your chance to win! One lucky winner will be picked and announced on September 1st, so you have all of August to check out the awesome goodies on their website.
Last but not least… We have to choose our winner for July’s contest! So… our July winner of the Amazon gift card is… RHONDA P. who wants to purchase a new pencil sharpener! Congrats Rhonda and check your email! Thanks everyone for participating in our giveaways!