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As teachers prepare to go back to school, Chipotle is stepping up to help.
The restaurant chain announced on Tuesday that it will be giving away up to $100,000 to teachers who have paid for school supplies out of their own pocket for the year.
On Twitter, Chipotle asked teachers to respond to their message with a picture of their receipt for school supplies with the hashtag #SuppliesContest for the chance to get reimbursed on Venmo.
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According to the tweet, Chipotle will reimburse individual teachers up to $599 for the 2021-2022 school year. The giveaway is available to teachers in all 50 U.S. states and Washington, D.C.
The initiative is a way for Chipotle to "shed light on a massive challenge facing teaching professionals," according to a press release.
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In its announcement, Chipotle cites a 2018 study from the Education Department, which found that 94% of teachers at public schools pay out of pocket for school supplies and they spend about $500, on average.
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"We wanted to lend a hand to a community that has endured so much over the past year," Chris Brandt, Chipotle’s chief marketing officer, said in a statement. "Chipotle is a company that's been committed to supporting teachers and we will continue to find creative ways to show our appreciation for the professionals who are cultivating a better future for our communities."
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Aside from the giveaway, Chipotle also has a fundraising program that helps schools and organizations raise money.