Boca Raton, Fla., Sept. 9, 2014 – Time is running out for teachers to enter the ‘Gotta Get It!’ Teacher Awards Sweepstakes* from Office Depot, Inc., a leading global provider of school supplies, office products, services and solutions formed by the merger of Office Depot and OfficeMax. Through September, teachers can download free back-to-school curriculum and educational materials such as teacher-tested ideas on organizing the classroom and school-related paperwork while entering for a chance to win a $500 gift card for school supplies. These are just some of the benefits available to teachers as a result of Office Depot’s partnership with The Education Center, LLC, publisher of The Mailbox® books and magazines.

The sweepstakes will award only one lucky teacher with a $500 Office Depot or OfficeMax grand prize gift card, but six runners-up will each win a $100 Office Depot or OfficeMax gift card. The contest deadline is Sept. 30, 2014. ‘Gotta Get It!’ winners will be notified in October.

“With a huge back-to-school must-have list, I jumped at the chance to win a $500 Office Depot or OfficeMax gift card,” said kindergarten teacher Heather Graley of Blacklick, Ohio. “I was surprised at how easy it was to visit the website and enter.”

Graley is among thousands of teachers from across the country who have entered the sweepstakes, downloaded free resources and taken advantage of special discounts available during teacher appreciation events held at various Office Depot and OfficeMax stores throughout the summer. The overwhelming response demonstrates how teachers often dig deep into their own pockets to purchase supplies for their students.

“I also could not believe all of the bonus materials available to me on the website, including great timesaving tips to help me get organized and save money and fun videos with creative back-to-school tips,” said Graley. “The best part? I was able to share these resources with my colleagues, getting bonus entries for myself each time I did.”

To access all of the free educational materials and enter the sweepstakes, visit While on the website, teachers can also learn more about Office Depot Rewards® and 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. Teachers can sign up for these special discounts at any time. 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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