Our very first giveaway!

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One of my favorite parts of summer – having no idea what day it is!

As you can probably see with this blog, I’m completely a newbie when it comes to this whole blogging adventure!  But, I am just so freaking excited about this whole teachers sweepstakes idea, that I have to get started with a giveaway.  So, because I haven’t had time to solicit companies or people for donations, I am going to foot the bill for the first giveaway.  Now, as a teacher, we all know that we don’t do what we do for the money.  As a matter of fact, this summer, I have two part-time jobs (mostly just to keep me out of trouble… but also for extra income).  That being said, I hope you will appreciate that although the first giveaway will be small, it is coming directly from me.

Without further ado, the first giveaway will be something that I know I personally would love to receive!  Since I think it will be easier to just send out a gift card (initially I am going to be footing the bill for a lot of the start up costs – including shipping of the prizes, so I figured I could pop a gift card in the mail easier than other bulky items) I am going with an Amazon gift card for our first winner.  This gift card will be for $25.00. Not a lot, I know – but enough for sure to get something nice for your classroom, or maybe just pamper yourself a little!

How would you spend a $25 Amazon gift card?

So, how do you win?  First of all, you must currently be a teacher, or entering into the teaching profession this fall.  I will require some sort of verification of this, just to weed out anyone who is just entering the giveaway out of greed or whatever other motivations someone may have. Please be prepared to somehow prove to me that you are indeed currently a teacher.  This could be emailing me from your school email, snapping a pic of your teacher ID, or somehow otherwise proving to me you are a teacher.  Sorry I have to do that, but I want to be very sure this goes to one of my fellow educators.

Yes! Summertime, and the living is easy!

Secondly, all you need to do is comment on this post.  Tell me what you would do with your $25.00 Amazon card.  Again, it can be for your classroom or for yourself.  We all know a little pampering of ourselves can be a very good thing, especially as we recharge our teacher batteries over summer break.

This contest will start today, July 5th, 2016, and will run until the last day of this month, July 31st, 2016.  The winner will be selected randomly, so although it doesn’t matter what you comment on the blog, you can still be creative and honest with your responses!  The winner will be emailed on August 1st, 2016, and will have a week to claim their prize.  If the winner does not respond, a new winner will be selected.  Hopefully next month, we will have sponsors and donations for our August giveaway – which will make it bigger, better, and more awesome!  Obviously, you don’t need to purchase anything (I’m not selling anything anyway…), and you can’t up your chances of winning by commenting multiple times – so please, one entry per person.

However, I would love for you to do me a favor. What can you do to help? Share this website with your teacher friends! Actually, share it with anyone who might like to just read the blog posts! The more traffic that visits this blog, the more income we can generate from ads and what not on here, then I can give away more useful and epic prizes to my fellow educators.  Good luck – I look forward to reading your comments!

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Author: Maya

Teacher, mom, wife, dog lover, amateur blogger, experienced sweeper.

51 thoughts on “Our very first giveaway!”

  1. Hi Maya, I’m excited about your blog! I would definitely use my Amazon gift card for books–some for my class and some for me. I read ‘In the Time of the Butterlies’ on my Kindle yesterday and want to get a hard copy for my classroom. Then I’d also probably get a few YA novels. Whatever I have left would go towards Kindle books for me!

    1. Hi Mary! I’m so glad you found this website! Make sure to come back weekly for blog updates and to check out whatever giveaway we are promoting. I’ll have to check out that book you mentioned. Thanks, and good luck!

  2. I am a TA in a special needs classroom at a non-profit school, and this would be a huge help in buying supplies for classroom centers. Thank you for the opportunity.

    1. Hi Joanne! Thanks for commenting! Classroom centers sound like a great way to engage your special needs learners. Thanks for entering. Make sure to come back each week for new blog posts and to see what new giveaways we have. Good luck!

    1. Isn’t it funny how a new pencil sharpener can make such a big difference in our classrooms? Last year my co-teacher surprised me with a new electric pencil sharpener! Good luck and make sure to come back to Teacher Sweepers often. 🙂

  3. With a $25 Amazon gift card I would puchase more postcards to use for my weekly “Positive Postcards” that I mail home to my students!

    1. Niki, that is so sweet! I bet your students love that. What a special way to interact with your kids. Thanks for entering, and good luck! Make sure to come back to Teacher Sweepers for blog updates and more giveaways.

  4. Oh I would love to win an amazon card. I would use it to buy books for my students to read. I cannot ever have enough books.

    1. Kelly, we have SSR twice a week, so I have some books in my classroom for those students who can’t seem to remember to bring a book or their ID for the library, so I totally agree – you can never have enough books. Best of luck to you in this contest! Make sure to come back weekly for blog updates and monthly for new giveaways.

  5. I would use the $25.00 to purchase fidget toys for my Kindergarten classroom. Hope I win! Thanks for the chance.

    1. Hi LaNessa! I could probably use fidget toys in the high school classroom too! 🙂 Best of luck in this contest. Please make sure to check us out weekly here at Teacher Sweepers. We are so glad you are here.

  6. I would love an Amazon gift card to help me expand my classroom library. Specifically, I would purchase books to help teach my students about the importance of having a growth mindset.

    1. Jennifer, that is really wonderful! Growth is so important for all of us. Good luck in this contest! Make sure to bookmark us so you can keep coming back for more goodies!

  7. Thank you for the awesome giveaway! I am always looking on Amazon or other sites for good deals for my classroom. My wish is to purchase a new Classroom Friendly Supplies pencil sharpener. Good luck to all, and thank you for the chance!

    1. Hi Rhonda! I’m so glad you entered. We can all use a little bit of extra help when it comes to our classrooms. Best of luck! We look forward to seeing more of you here at Teacher Sweepers!

    1. Rebecca – 4th graders are a riot! What a wonderful age. Although I must admit, I could never imagine teaching that grade, probably like you couldn’t imagine teaching my ninth graders! 🙂 Good luck in this giveaway. Make sure to come back often to check us out as we grow and expand our giveaways! 🙂

  8. Amazon! If I won the $25 giftcard I would use it towards buying new toys for my classroom! We have lots of outdated and broken toys that need an upgrade! $25 isn’t going to cover it all, but it would be helpful and taken some burden off my own pocket 🙂

    1. Alison, every little bit helps, doesn’t it? That’s why we created Teacher Sweepers. Good luck, and please come back for bigger, better giveaways in the future.

  9. Thank you for offering this! I would buy a bulk set of beads and ball chain necklaces to create brag beads. Children earn brightly colored beads as rewards for academics and behavior.

    1. Hi Jessica! That sounds like a great incentive program! I love hearing how other teachers incorporate unique ways of rewarding students. Awesome! Good luck, and please make sure to come back to Teacher Sweepers often!

    1. Hi Toni! Read aloud books are so wonderful – honestly for all ages. My high schoolers love when I read to them. When we read “To Kill a Mockingbird” they really get into my super fake southern accent that I use when I read to them! 🙂 Good luck to you! Come back to us here at Teacher Sweepers often!

  10. So many possibilities! I think I would buy items to make a nice new word wall for my third graders!

    1. Stephanie, word walls are so great for that age! That would be an awesome way to spend the gift card. Thanks for entering, and best of luck. Make sure to come back often and see our new blog posts and giveaways!

    1. Hi Kelsey! It’s my pleasure! I believe in paying it forward, so I hope this whole concept really takes off in a big way! Thanks for entering! 🙂

    1. Switching grades can be a big deal. I think teacher resource books would be a great investment. Thanks for entering. Make sure to come back and see us at Teacher Sweepers again!

    1. Hi Dianna! I love that you would get double use out of them! I recently donated a ton of my own son’s books (he’s now thirteen) to a college student who will be graduating soon and starting her teaching career. A nice classroom library is a must! Thanks for entering. Please make sure to come back to us here at Teacher Sweepers!

  11. Am excited to have found your blog and will be happy to share it! Is there a way to follow by email now…or in the future? 🙂 Thank you so much for offering this give-a-way! Should I win, I would put it toward some picture books to help math and reading topics. I have found some really cool new ones that teachers, like you, have so generously shared ideas and materials about. Best wishes on your blog, and thank you again, so very much!! 🙂

    1. Hi Jody! Yes! We just launched a chance to sign up for emails here. If you can’t find it or it doesn’t pop up (I’m super new to this whole blog thing – and there is a definite learning curve ha ha!), just drop me a line at maya@teachersweepers.com and I will be sure to add you on to the list. Picture books sound like a great addition to your classroom. Good luck!!!

  12. Hi Maya! Thanks for the chance to win this! I would use this to contribute to my fund of buying a silhouette, which I would use to make many things for my classroom and students!!

    1. Hi Torei! Thanks for entering. Sounds like you have a great idea in mind if you win! Best of luck! Make sure to come back and see us at Teacher Sweepers again!

  13. Hi! I am so happy I found your blog! If I won I would buy some materials for my classroom that support learning for the visually and mobility impaired so they can be engaged in the same activities as their peers.

    1. Kathleen, I am so happy to have you here! It is so important that all students have equal access to what we are teaching! Thank you for entering our giveaway. Good luck!

  14. I like the idea of buying positive post cards for my students. I try hard to focus on the positive with my 6th graders. I always enjoy getting “fun” mail also. GREAT idea!!

    1. Hi Lynda! Our team of teachers writes a little positive note to a student at our team meeting each week. I love this idea! Best of luck in our very first giveaway!

  15. I would use the gift card to buy clip boards for my math class. We do a lot of moving around and the clip boards would help the kids keep everything together.

  16. I would use the gift card to get a professional development book , Visible Learning for Literacy by John Hatti. We have used his research in many ways that have positively impacted our students. This new book would be a great opportunity to share with my peers and help many students.
    Last school year I spent hundreds of dollars on professional development books and I know I have made some powerful shifts in my teaching because of it. However, this year I do not have the extra money in my personal budget to buy as many professional development materials/resources.

  17. If I won the gift card, I’d buy some math resources for my new intervention position. What a great concept for a blog! Thanks

  18. Hi! I am starting my first teaching job next week and could absolutely use this gift card to help me get started!

  19. Thank you for sharing your blog! I would like to enter the sweepstakes to purchase some colored dry erase markers and a text in Spanish for the 2016-2017 school year! 🙂 Thank you!

  20. I would love to win an Amazon gift card! I would use it for a pencil sharpener for my classroom. We don’t have one and it’s horrible!!

  21. Good Afternoon Maya,
    I would use this Amazon gift card to buy read aloud books to add to my classroom library. I am very grateful for this wonderful opportunity.

  22. Your very first giveaway, exciting! I am happy to be a part of it. Best wishes on your new blog. I have shared. I would use the Amazon gift card to purchase something for my classroom. I don’t know exactly what it would be, but it seems like most things that I buy, is for my students and classroom.

  23. What an awesome giveaway! I teach high school English Language Arts, and just found out that I also will have eighth grade students this year. I would love to use a $25 Amazon gift card toward purchasing a suggestion box. Not only would I use it for my new students to give me suggestions, I would also use it for exit slips and for entering occasional classroom giveaways….and you know how fun it is to do giveaways. 🙂 Thank you for the chance!

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