Supply stores to run specials for teachers

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett-area locations of two major office supplies stores will have events Saturday featuring giveaways and other benefits for teachers.

During Office Depot's annual Teacher Appreciation Breakfast, educators enrolled in the Star Teacher Program will receive breakfast, 10 percent off purchases and a tote bag filled with gifts. The Star Teacher Program is open to pre-K through 12th-grade classroom teachers.

The event will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the following locations:

* 915 Parkside Walk Lane, Lawrenceville

* 1905 Scenic Highway, Suite 9000, Snellville

* 3131 Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road, Suwanee

* 4295 Stone Mountain Highway, Lilburn

* 3230 Holcomb Bridge Road, Norcross

Staples stores will also have a Teacher Appreciation Day from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. The first 100 teachers to arrive will receive a free gift. Educators will also have the chance to learn more about Staples' copy and print services and the Staples Rewards Teachers Program, which includes teaching and art supplies.

The event will take place at the following locations:

* 916 Loganville Highway, Bethlehem

* 3205 Woodward Crossing Blvd., Suite F, Buford

* 2255 Pleasant Hill Road, Duluth

* 860 Duluth Highway, Suite 110, Lawrenceville

* 2059 Scenic Highway, Snellville

* 5370 Stone Mountain Highway, Stone Mountain

* 3630 Peachtree Parkway, Suwanee

Additionally, Kroger's Atlanta Division is showing its support for teachers by giving away $220,000 in school supplies to kick off its 2010-11 "Earning Plus Learning" program.

From 9 a.m. to noon Friday at the Atlanta Civic Center, 395 Piedmont Ave. NE, and the North Atlanta Trade Center, 1700 Jeurgens Court, Norcross, educators with a valid Georgia teacher ID can receive $48 worth of school supplies, including copier paper, construction paper, dry erase markers, facial tissues, sandwich bags, adhesive bandages, tape, hand sanitizer and paper towels. At each location, teachers will receive items on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.

"Every year teachers receive less and less to spend on school supplies," said Glynn Jenkins, director of communications for Kroger's Atlanta Division. "This event is designed to provide our educators with some of the basic classroom items they need to help instruct our children."