It’s one of our favorite weeks of the year – Teacher Appreciation Week! This year Teacher Appreciation Week is May 2 – May 6, and we could not be more excited to celebrate our teachers! Through our ongoing fundraising partnership with DonorsChoose, we’ve raised over $44,000 in donations for our Peepers for Teachers fund, which benefits public and private schools in the LaPorte County area, and across America.
For Teacher Appreciation week this year we will be donating 10% of sales May 2 – May 6 to Peepers for Teachers. Additionally, we have a Nominate a Teacher drawing where four randomly chosen, lucky teachers will each receive $500!
A Year of Giving
Throughout the year, we evaluate students’ needs and donate our time and supplies to help fill identified gaps. We raise and donate money, host giveaways and raffles, fund classroom projects, and give away “teacher tote” swag bags. Our initiative in giving back comes in many different forms, but some of our favorites include our annual Parking Lot Party and our DonorsChoose Partnerships.
Parking Lot Party
Peepers believes that giving back to our teachers is so important. To show our thanks this year we wanted to organize an event that brought fun, games and give-aways to ensure our community went back to school bursting with school supplies, and of course Peepers.
In August, we hosted our 3rd-annual Peepers for Teachers parking lot event.We experienced an absolutely amazing turnout, with 107 teachers braving the heat to attend this event. In addition to giving away unlimited glasses for teachers in our area, we also awarded three cash prizes to schools in our area who had at least 1 teacher represented at the event. These three prizes totaled $2,500. This year’s lucky winners were:
- Springfield Elementary School in Michigan City, Indiana
- Kingsbury Elementary School in LaPorte, Indiana
- New Prairie Elementary School in New Prairie, Indiana
We were also able to offer special prize baskets to four lucky teachers. These baskets were packed with back-to-school essentials, including classroom décor items, hand sanitizer, cardstock, highlighters, flair pens, and other teacher favorites.
In the last year we’ve funded 16 donor projects directly to teachers in need ranging from $150 gift cards, to fully funded teacher wish lists for items for their classrooms to $500 gift cards. These lucky winners are located all around the United States and have curated their own classroom wishlist for DonorsChoose. This ensures the assistance we’re giving is not only going to a teacher in need, but a teacher that needs these specific things. We’ve had the absolute pleasure of purchasing needed items for teachers through this program and can’t wait to continue this initiative moving forward.
This Years Breakfast Delivery
This year Peepers for Teachers wanted to do something in the community we haven’t done before- deliver breakfast! We know how important it is to start your day on a positive note, and providing continental breakfast and coffee is a great start! Our remote Peeps delivered complimentary breakfast to 5 lucky classrooms around the United States! We had Peeps in Missouri, Philadelphia, Illinois and Florida pick a lucky school from their community to give back too.
Carol on our Marketing Team delivers fresh bakery items, coffee and bagels from Panera to J. Sterling Morton Alternative School in Cicero, IL.
Rachel on our Supply Chain & Inventory Management team delivers a continental breakfast to Charlotte Harbor YMCA Early Learning Academy in Port Charlotte, FL. Rachel delivered breakfast wearing our best selling frames To The Max!
Ali from our Marketing Team delivers Panera breakfast goodies to her local school Dundee Highland Elementary School in West Dundee, IL. We're keeping Dundee in style, the teacher who accepted Peepers breakfast is wearing To The Max!
PFT (Peepers for Teachers) Frame of The Month
Did you know we have a featured frame each month that helps our teachers? Each month we pick a new best-selling frame, and 10% of that frame’s proceeds go into our Peepers for Teachers Fund. This program runs 12 months out of year, so next time you need a new pair of Peepers check out our Frame of the Month. You’ll be rocking the best styles, while supporting local education!
Peepers understands how hard our teachers work, often taking personal time and money away from themselves or families to serve our community. We support them endlessly and will continue our efforts in making sure they feel supported. However, if you want to do more, you can always donate directly to the DonorsChoose Program and choose your own teacher to aid! DonorsChoose ensures you’re getting an item, or items, that teachers really want! With them curating their own wish lists it takes the guesswork out of everything!