Greetings and Happy New Year!

Extended Savings During Educator Appreciation Days

We are very excited about our upcoming Educator Appreciation Days, January 11-19. Valid Educator Discount Card holders save 25% on books, toys, games and gifts, and 10% on music and movies (certain restrictions apply). Also, stop by the store to and fill an enter-to-win drawing.  You could win a NOOK or a $500 gift card!

To be eligible for an Educator Discount Card, you must:

•    Be employed by an accredited pre-K-12 public, private, or parochial school. Those eligible include teachers, guidance counselors, principals, and reading coaches, for example. (Substitute, student, and retired teachers are not eligible.)
•    Buy books/materials that we consider suitable for use in the classroom or with the student population.
•    Provide a photo ID and school ID/pay stub from the school you work for when enrolling in the Educator Program.
•    The following links may be helpful:

Educator Discount Program Home:

Educator Discount Program FAQ’s:

4th Annual My Favorite Teacher Contest
My Favorite Teacher Contest Home:

Who Can Participate: Middle and High School Students.

Here’s How It Works: Students write an essay, poem, or thank-you letter (500 words or less, in English on 8.5″ x 11″ white paper) sharing how a teacher has influenced their life and why they appreciate and admire them. Each entry should be submitted with the entry form and a parent or legal guardian must sign the entry form acknowledging that they have read the Official Contest Rules.

Participating schools will collect the essays and provide them to their local Barnes & Noble store representative. Deadline for entries is March 1, 2014. Winners are selected, and the local store and community celebrations begin!

If your school is not participating in the contest and you would like your teacher to be considered for the local and regional award as well as the national Barnes & Noble Teacher of the Year Award, please submit your signed entry form in person or by mail to your local store. Forms must be postmarked by March 1, 2014 and can be sent to any Barnes & Noble store near you (a complete list of stores is available at  A store representative will ensure it is entered into the pool of entries for the awards.

What Students Get: The students who author the winning essays, poems, or thank-you letters will receive a certificate of recognition and be honored at their local store during a ceremony for the winning teachers from their schools.

What Teachers Get: The winning teachers will be recognized at a special event at their local Barnes & Noble store and will receive a special award acknowledging their achievement and additional recognition and praise from their community. The five regional winners will each receive a $500 Barnes & Noble Gift Card. The winner of the “Barnes & Noble Teacher of the Year” award will receive $5,000 and will be recognized at a special event at a Barnes & Noble store. The winning teacher’s school will receive $5,000 as well.

For further information about these promotions, I encourage you to contact your local Barnes & Noble and ask for the Community Relations Manager.  If that store doesn’t have a person in that position, ask for the Store Manager or an Assistant Store Manager.  That person would be able to make you aware of the offerings for schools and educators.

Mr. Anthony Biscione
Senior Deputy Superintendent of Schools