Sweepstakes for classroom supplies open to teachers

An online university and children’s book publisher are teaming up to offer thousands of dollars in prize money to help teachers across the country outfit their classrooms.

The Back-To-School Teacher Sweepstakes will award a single grand prize to a winning teacher, earning them a $500 gift card for their classroom and $100 in books from publisher Scholastic, as well as a $2,500 gift card for their school, a release said.

More than 100 more teachers also will receive gift cards from $25 to $300. Every eligible teacher will be offered an application fee waiver for bachelor’s and master’s degree programs from Western Governors University, which is affiliated in Washington with WGU Washington.

Application deadline is Oct. 31. Eligible schools must any grades between kindergarten and 12th at either accredited public or private schools or home school programs. Application forms are available at