500 Arizona teachers received $500 gift cards for school supplies through aps supply my class awards

PHOENIX – There’s no question the pandemic has created challenges for Arizona’s school teachers. As they adapt to changing learning environments, they are also spending more money out-of-pocket than ever on classroom supplies. According to research from Adopt-a-Classroom, teachers spent an average of $750 of their own money for the 2019-2020 school year. To help offset expenses, Arizona Public Service Company (APS) again offered Supply My Class awards, giving K-12 teachers at Title 1 schools in APS service territory an opportunity to win a $500 Visa gift card to be used directly for school supplies.

The program kicked off July 1, 2021 and ran through September 3. Teachers applied online and APS randomly selected 100 recipients per week to receive gift cards.

“I was so excited to find out I had won,” said Monica B., a teacher at Mountain View Preparatory in Cottonwood, Ariz. “What a wonderful program! I am a Physical Education teacher, so I'm buying equipment for our K-8 students to use in our Physical Education program. Thank you so much for doing this--I feel like I won the lottery!”

“While no one could have predicted the challenges that the past year brought upon our education system, Arizona school teachers stepped up to the plate and found innovative ways to continue to enrich students’ lives,” said Tina Marie Tentori, APS Director of Community Affairs. “The Supply My Class grants are just one way we hope to show gratitude for educators who play such an important role in inspiring the young minds of Arizona’s future leaders.”

APS established the Supply My Class program in 2018. The company and the APS Foundation also support several grant opportunities for Arizona teachers and schools, including STEM Teacher Grants for hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math classroom projects. More information about these grants can be found at aps.com/education.

The Supply My Class grants are just one way we hope to show gratitude for educators who play such an important role in inspiring the young minds of Arizona’s future leaders.

Tina Marie Tentori, APS Director of Community Affairs

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APS serves more than 1.3 million homes and businesses in 11 of Arizona’s 15 counties, and is a leader in delivering affordable, clean and reliable energy in the Southwest. The company is committed to serving customers with 100% clean power by 2050. As owner and operator of Palo Verde Generating Station, the nation’s largest producer of carbon-free electricity, and with one of the country’s most substantial renewable energy portfolios, APS’s current energy mix is 50% clean. With headquarters in Phoenix, APS is the principal subsidiary of Pinnacle West Capital Corp. (NYSE: PNW).

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