Costco is offering up to a $50 million supply of school essentials for Australian students to save the planet.
The discount is for the school year starting April 1, 2018.
Students can purchase a total of $100 worth of classroom supplies, a bag of school snacks and a kit to complete their home schooling.
The offer is a joint effort by the company and the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
Costco’s founder and chief executive officer, Ben Price, said it was the “perfect time” to put pressure on schools to use the supply.
“Schools are starting to get a lot of supplies that are not in their schools and those schools will need those to support their students, to teach them, and for those students to do better in the classroom,” Mr Price said.
“We need to be encouraging all schools to get their hands on these resources to be able to help their students do better and to have the best learning environment possible.”
Mr Price said the company was committed to providing all students with quality, affordable school supplies and to working closely with government agencies to find solutions to their sustainability needs.
“The vast majority of our products are made in Australia, and we use Australian products in our products so we understand that it’s in the best interest of our Australian customers,” Mr Moore said.
He said the school supplies would be delivered directly to schools through the Australian Postal Service.
“These are not pre-packaged, pre-stocked, packaged products and they’re just designed to help students do well in their education,” he said.
The company’s online store, which has more than 6,000 products, offers students discounts on everything from textbooks to car seats and even an assortment of baby gear.
“If you’re not familiar with the internet, if you’re looking for a great gift, we have a range of gifts and we’ve got a range in our catalogue that we’re very happy with, and a lot more,” Mr Costos said.
Mr Price and his team of co-founders have been working for a year to make the school supply offer happen.
Mr Moore said they wanted to make it easy for students to buy their school supplies online and avoid the hassle of picking up their own supplies.
“It’s very simple to get your school supplies in the mail and they go directly to your school,” he added.
“That’s what we’re aiming for, so we can make sure that we deliver the best product possible to the schools that are using it.”
The company also partnered with a charity, the Australian Wildlife Foundation, to help provide a safe place to collect supplies and set up a network of school resource officers.
“For us, it’s really about making sure we can be a positive role model for our students to learn from and learn from the animals in the wild,” Mr Murphy said.
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