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1 Marion County teacher will win $1,000 to refresh classroom

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Teachers’ Treasures and retailer Ikea are teaming up to help some teachers in need.

The average teacher spends from $800 to $1,200 every school year to get school supplies for their students. That means classroom budgets for anything else aren’t all that high.

Through the Classroom Refresh Contest, one lucky teacher will get $1,000 to spruce up his or her learning space. All teachers have to do is complete an entry form. If they’re one of 10 finalists, teachers will submit a picture of their space, and a paragraph about why it needs refreshed. That information will be shared on Teachers’ Treasures Facebook page for the public to vote on who deserves the prize money the most. Teachers who don’t win the refresh contest can enter a raffle by buying things from Teacher’s Treasures throughout September. That raffle could win a teacher $800 in Ikea gift cards.

“Our teachers are truly unsung heroes, yet we recognize that they often lack the resources needed for their classrooms and students. And this year especially, whether school is in person or virtual, there is an additional burden being placed on teachers,” said Aubrey Merki, loyalty manager for Ikea Fishers. “We are so thrilled to partner with Teachers’ Treasures to help alleviate even some of this burden for local teachers, especially those serving in low income school districts.”

Ikea is making sure there’s plenty for teachers to shop for if they want to enter that raffle. They’re donating $30,000 to Teachers’ Treasures to help stock those shelves.

Teachers’ Treasures is a resource center providing free school supplies to teachers in Marion County who serve at-risk kids.

“Teachers’ Treasures is proud to partner with Ikea Fishers in support of teachers for the 2020-21 school year. Not only has Ikea Fishers donated dozens of pallets worth of product to our free store shelves, they are also stepping up by providing teachers with gift cards to lessen the financial burden of preparing their classrooms. We are so grateful to our community partners for uplifting our Indianapolis educators,” said Alicia Van Rensurg, resource development manager for Teachers’ Treasures.

You can learn more about the Classroom Refresh contest and enter on Teacher’s Treasures website.