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Deals and Discounts for Homeschools

This information is provided as a courtesy by Masters Touch, the home educators ministry of Harvest Community Church.

Remember to print out your Member Cards available on our website.  It's located on the left side tabs above the "Log Out" tab.

**NOT all of these offers has been recently update & thus may be inaccurate. We are working to update it. if you find outdated offers or if you know of current offers please email us: masterstouchhsg@gmail.com. Thank you!! ***

Teacher Discounts/Stores

 Barnes & Noble: Offers 20% off the publisher's list price on hardcovers or paperbacks. The discount does not apply to magazines, gift certificates/cards, cafe and music department, nor does it apply online. Barnes & Noble

 Border's: program is called "Borders Classroom Discount" (scroll down on their page to "Teachers & Librarians".) If you are a homeschooler and can provide any applicable state certification, you are eligible for the 20% Classroom Discount Card. The 20% discount applies to materials used in the classroom or for classroom preparation. Borders Books & Music

 Kinko's: Kinko's Educator Savings Program gives 20% savings on goods and services purchased at Kinko's for the 2003 - 2004 school year. Stop in to your local Kinko's for an enrollment form. The discount is nationwide.

Half Price Books: 10% at Greenfield store, varies by store. Half-price Books

The Learning Shop Educator's Discount Card 10% off classroom supplies www.learningshop.com

Office Depot "Star Teachers" Program: 10% off purchases and invitation to teacher only sales events. 15% discount on print services. Call 1-877-789-4544 or www.school.com

 Office Max: Sign up for a free "MaxPerks for Teachers" Membership that will earn $10 for every $75 spent on eligible OfficeMax products whether in-store, online, by phone or fax.

view detailsThe Membership Card tab should be right around here!

 Zany Brainy The educator's discount card states you'll receive 10% off everything every day. Discount does not apply toward purchase of video game hardware, software or accessories. Also states discount is for in-store purchases only.

Staples Program is named "Staples Teacher Rewards". For every cumulative $100 you spend, you are awarded a $10 reward certificate. Offer good online, in-store and by catalog. Spend your reward certificates like cash at Staples. Also offers 15% off in-store Copy & Ship Center services including color and black & white copying, custom printing, laminating, shipping and more. See the website for more information. To call Staples: 888.636.9555

 JoAnn Fabric & Crafts: Offers a 10% discount card to educators for purchases in-store or online. The discount is available for both regular & sale priced items. Discount excludes special orders, leased department merchandise and gift cards. JoAnn Fabric

Homeschool Co-Op: The Homeschool Buyers Co-op is a California-based nonprofit* cooperative dedicated to helping homeschoolers save money on their purchases of curricula, educational media, software, computers, science kits, educational games and toys, supplies, and more. Join Now!


Reading Programs


Milwaukee Public Library Summer Reading Club: Begins June 1. There are reading programs for children of all ages designed to be a fun, easy way to keep kids reading throughout the summer. Summer 2004 theme: Discover New Trails @ Your Library. Plus other Free Summer Programs: There's more than just reading at the library. Children are invited to attend more than a hundred free programs at all Milwaukee Public Libraries. They'll hear fabulous stories, pet live animals, plant beautiful flowers, enjoy Harry Potter programs, and see amazing magic all summer long. Get more information online or at your local branch.


Half Price Books: Half Pint Reading Program. This Summer Reading Program is for students K-6 and is designed to encourage them to continue reading throughout the summer break. The program runs from June 1-July 31 and is open to all children in those grades. To enter, they may pick up an application/reading log at any Half Price Books beginning June 1 or they may download it from www.halfpricebooks.com/summer_reading


When the student reads a total of 15 hours and mails in the reading log, he or she will receive a $5.00 reward gift card. All entries must be postmarked no later than July 31.


Pizza Hut Book it Program : allows parent to set monthly reading goals for students in grades K5-6th, when goal is met, student is rewarded with a coupon for a free personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut. Program runs October 1, 2004 through March 31, 2005. Homeschool families may register individually or with a support group, deadline is June 11, 2004. www.bookitprogram.com (1-800-426-6548)


Reading Recognition Program: This free program from Rocky Rococo's encourages students to read. Each student is given a Reading Recognition Card. After a child reads a book, the teacher gives the student a sticker to attach to their Rocky Rococo Reading Recognition Card. After earning stickers, students can obtain free food prizes by taking their card to the nearest participating Rocky Rococo Restaurant. For more information on our school programs, contact our corporate office at 800-888-ROCK (7625).


AMC Theatre's Read for the Stars: A *summer* reading program. Read three books and get a FREE kids pack (soft drink, popcorn and candy) at your local AMC Theatre. Visit their website for more information and to print out an entry form.


Book Adventure: FREE reading motivation program for children in grades K-8. Children create their own book lists from over 6,000 recommended titles, take multiple choice quizzes on the books they've read offline, and earn points and prizes for their literary successes. http://www.bookadventure.org


Read to Achieve read 500 pages and receive a voucher for a free Milwaukee Bucks ticket. Watch for details at your local library beginning in Jan.


Incentives for Grades


Chuck E Cheese: Tokens for grades- up to a 15 token maximum, kids can receive 3 tokens for each "A", 2 tokens for each "B" and 1 token for each "C" on their report card.


Blockbuster rewards students for hard work in school by giving free rentals for good grades. Students in grades Kindergarten through 8th grade who have an A or B average on their report card can present the report card at their neighborhood Blockbuster store to receive one free Blockbuster Favorite rental.


Krispy Kreme has several programs in place for students and schools:
Good Grades Program: Applicable for grades K-6, a student may receive an original Glazed Doughnut for every 'A' or equivalent of such; if a different grading system is used. There is a limit of six doughnuts per grading period.
Stick With It Kids: This program was to aid teachers in reaching their classroom goals. The teachers can pick up their posters and stickers at a participating Krispy Kreme. As each student reaches his or her goal the student gets to write their name on a success sprinkle and decorate the poster as a ' stick with it kid'. When the classroom has reached their goal the teacher must take the completed poster to a participating Krispy Kreme and redeem it for two dozen original glazed doughnuts as a free treat for the class. There is a limit of one poster per teacher per school year.
Field Trips: Teachers can bring their students to their local Krispy Kreme store and experience the Krispy Kreme story. Our field trip programs are not only fun but they are also a great learning experience.
Most, but not all of our stores participate in these programs. Feel free to contact your local store to see if they offer this program. www.krispykreme.com



Milwaukee County Zoo: free admission for schools, includes homeschools, from November through March. Must call to pre-register before your visit.


Milwaukee Public Museum: Educator Pass - This pass will allow you (the educator only) FREE admission to the Museum for one year. The Educator Pass also includes other benefits including advanced notice of new exhibits, programs, teacher workshops and a special 15 percent discount on educational materials at all Museum shops. Sign up here
Milwaukee County residents are admitted free each Monday with ID.


Milwaukee Art Museum: Milwaukee County residents, free general admission Monday and Saturday mornings, 10 a.m. to noon. Web site Also, Tours for Teachers: Become acquainted with the Museum's feature exhibitions and permanent collection through hearing an informative presentation and participating in a tour. This is a free program for current educators with proof of teaching status. Registration is required to attend each session. For additional information or registration forms, please contact the education department administrative assistant by e-mailing caitlin.virtue@mam.org or calling (414)224-3826.


"Domes"- Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory free admission for Milwaukee County residents every Monday from 9-11:30am. Web site.


Betty Brinn Children's Museum Free admission for eveyone on the third Thursday each month. Web site


Free Stuff


Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey:A voucher that can be exchanged for a free ticket to any performance, anytime, anywhere. For children under 12 months. No expiration date! Sign up online.


Penguin Putnam Teacher Club: As a member, you'll receive three "care packages" each school year which will include useful supplemental materials for your classroom-teacher guides, posters, bookmarks, author biographies, our Puffin Books newsletter, and lots of other free stuff. You'll also receive information on special discounted thematic collections along with ideas on how to use the books in your classroom. Print the registration form from web site.


Wikki Stik: FREE Sample for Teachers - Call 1-800-549-6999 or Fax your request to 510-582-5911.


Dole 5 A Day Club:Dole's Nutrition Education Program offers education materials free-of-charge to U.S. elementary schools. The materials encourage children and their families to eat 5 to 9 servings of fruits and vegetables every day to promote better health. Order online.


Charmin: Sign up to receive by mail a fun and easy-to-use training kit that includes: a poster, stickers, a storybook, a picture frame magnet, and a roll ruler.


Activities in Learning: Email for a free mini abacus kit and math activity packet. Use coupon code: ADTOS. Web site.


Sheppard Software: Free software for teachers. Email.


Sylvan:Sign up for a complimentary brochure, "Seven Days of Activities for Family Learning Fun." You'll receive fun family activities that can be done at any time during the year. Call 1-888-EDUCATE or sign up at the Web site.


Feature Films for Families:The "You are a Critic" program is designed to give you a voice in the kind of movies produced for your family. By participating in this program, you will be sent a free, one-time screening of a film on DVD, and later be asked to critique the film on the Internet, allowing your voice to be heard. Sign up online.


The Idea Book for Educators is the biannual teacher's magazine created by the Education Department at A&E Television Networks. Includes Teacher's Guides for programs featured in Classroom and a printed version of the A&E Classroom Calendar, which features air dates, program descriptions, and information. Sent free of charge to teachers who request it. http://www.aetv.com/class/theideabook/index.html


Birthday/Kids Clubs


Ace Kids Club: The club is an exciting opportunity for children and parents to enjoy time together as well as celebrate the special day. Web site.


Baskin Robbins:Kids 12 and under can register for a free kids cone on their birthday! Kids over 13 can register for fun offers and coupons. Web site.


Denny's Birthday Club: Every year, through ten years of age, your child will receive a "Happy Birthday" postcard in the mail redeemable for a free kid's entree from their kids' menu and a free kid's sundae. Web site.


VCY:Kids under 12-years-old can join the Kids Talk Birthday Club! They'll send you a gift for your birthday each year--and a special gift on your 12th birthday when you graduate from the Birthday Club! Web site.


Burger King: Kids 12 and under receive a coupon for a free Big Kids Meal and other free stuff.


Mrs. Field's Cookies:Join the Birthday Club kids. On your Birthday, you will receive a certificate in the mail for a FREE COOKIE! You will also receive a coupon for $2 Off a Decorated Cookie for your Birthday Party. Kids under 12 years old.


Pook's Corner: The toy store of the future. Where kids can come to play & learn, and parents and teachers can come to compare products and shop! Save from 20 to 60 percent on most items! Join the Club to receive; Free use of club house, Books to read, Games to play, Links to educationl sites & a Gift certificate for five dollars off a purchase of 25 dollars or more, good for one year, plus a Free monthly newsletter. Join at the Web site.


Other Specials


Kids 'N Critters Club: Children 12 and under can learn about animals through a series of fun-filled activity sheets and help support the Milwaukee County Zoo. $15/child 414-258-2333. SPECIAL - Thru July 31 you can get a FREE or reduced membership in the club by purchasing Welch's products from Pick N Save.


Scholastic Warehouse Sale: Warehouse sales two times year, typically May and December. Save up to 50% off retail price on books, software, activities and more. Milwaukee Warehouse- 3265 Gateway Road, Suite 550, Brookfield, WI 53045 (800-236-8002)


JRA is a national marketing research firm that needs families to participate in studies sponsored by local and national companies. Visit online or call 414-768-6047 to register - you can get paid cash for your time!


Home depot: Kids Workshops are free "How-To Clinics" designed for children ages 6-12, available the first Saturday of each month at all Home Depot stores. Children accompanied by an adult construct projects from pre-fabricated kits. The kits are designed to be both educational and practical. Call for store locations 800-553-3199.