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Exclusive: How teachers and students can save on back-to-school supplies at Target

From 25-cent supplies to special discounts, everything you need to know to score savings this season.
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While it feels like we were just celebrating the start of summer break, back-to-school season is creeping up on us and will be here before your kids are even fully unpacked from their latest camp adventure. So it's time to start thinking about grabbing all those backpacks, notebooks and other must-haves that will help set kids up for success this school year.

Thankfully, Target is making it even easier for parents, students and teachers to prep for their return to class, with a huge selection of new items as well as savings on all kinds of back-to-school essentials.

“Our back-to-school and back-to-college assortment features a broad range of essentials that are priced right for all families," Jill Sando, executive vice president and chief merchandising officer at Target said in a statement shared with Shop TODAY. "From on-trend Cat & Jack outfits and fun and functional Room Essentials dorm décor, to supplies of all kinds from Mondo Llama and top national brands, Target has everything to help students from pre-K to college start the school year in affordable style. We’re also pleased to expand our 20% teacher discount across the entire store and on, to provide teachers with even greater value on the items they need for their classrooms. Both teachers and students can count on Target for all their school-year gear at great prices.”

Target Circle Teacher Appreciation

For educators, Target is expanding its popular teacher savings event, which runs from July 16 to Aug. 26, to give teachers a one-time 20% discount on their entire purchase, either in-store or online. So they can stock up on school supplies as well as anything else they might need for the year ahead. Those who are eligible to save include all K through 12 and homeschool teachers, those working at daycare centers and early childhood learning centers, vocational or technical schoolteachers and professors working at universities or colleges. If you qualify, all you need to do is join Target's Circle loyalty program (it's free to sign up!) and verify that you're a teacher. Then you can save through the Circle app.

Target college student discounts

College students can also save big on essentials via Target Circle. From Jul 16 to Aug. 26, those with a valid student I.D. will get 20% off a one-time purchase, so they can grab all those dorm room must-haves, school supplies and more.

More ways to save on back-to-school essentials at Target

If you don't fit into one of the above categories, don't worry! Target's biggest sales event of the summer, Target Circle Week, is coming up on July 9 to 15. While we bet you'll be able to find deals on school-ready clothing, dorm must-haves and more back-to-school essentials, you'll also be able to save on plenty of finds for yourself. According to the brand, there will be significant savings across food and beverage, electronics and more.

Target back-to-school items

With Target's wide array of fun, new back-to-school picks, parents won't have any issues finding items that will actually get their kids excited about heading back to school. From college students to kids heading to school for the very first time, we rounded up some of the most exciting school finds from Target that you can shop now.

Mondo Llama Classic Crayons (Set of 24)

Bring a little more color to their artistic creations with this pack of crayons. It comes with 24 colors across the spectrum, so they’ll have plenty of options to choose from, whether they’re filling in spaces on their coloring book or creating an original piece of art.

Elmer's Washable Glue Sticks (Set of 2)

Glue sticks are a school must-have for little ones, and Elmer’s is a top choice. These sticks from the brand are designed to go on purple and dry clear, so they’re easy for kids to use. Working with glue can get messy, but this version is made to easily wash off skin, clothing and walls, according to the brand. The pack is just 55 cents right now, so you can grab a couple for them to keep at home and bring to school.

Yoobi 1-Inch Ring Binder Aqua and Green Color Block

If they need a different binder for every class, we suggest grabbing a few of these ones. They’re designed to hold up to 220 sheets and have two interior pockets where they can stash extra notes and papers. Plus, they're made with 100% recycled paper!

Up & Up Jelly Crayon Pencil Pouch

Kids will never be without a pencil when they need one again! They can keep all their writing implements, markers, erasers and more in one spot with these cute pouches.

Cat & Jack 2-Pack Reusable Sandwich Bag

Ditch the plastic and pack your little one's lunch in these colorful sandwich bags. You'll get two bags in a pack — each one is made to be reusable and features a zip closure to keep all the contents from leaking out.

CamelBak Eddy+ 14-Ounce Kids' Tritan Renew Water Bottle

Help them stay hydrated during the school day with this cute water bottle. It’s said to be leak-proof (no soggy backpacks!), durable, and odor and stain resistant.

Bentgo Kids' Chill Lunch Box

Packing lunch for a picky kid can be tough — especially if they don't want each food item to touch. Thankfully, this bento lunchbox has four divided compartments to keep their snacks and meals separated. It also has a built-in ice pack that you can freeze and then pop into their lunchbox in the morning to keep the food fresh. The inner tray is also designed to be dishwasher safe, so it's easy to clean at the end of the day.

All in Motion Sporty 19-Inch Backpack

Older kids and teens will appreciate how mature this backpack feels. It's designed to have a spacious interior with various pockets, so there should be plenty of room for all their everyday items.

Cat & Jack Straight Fit Stretch Jeans

For school days or weekend playdates, these stretchy jeans are sure to become his new favorites. According to the brand, they’re crafted from a soft fabric with elastane for added comfort.

All In Motion Training Shorts

If he’s always on the move, he’ll appreciate how lightweight and comfortable these shorts are. They’re designed to wick away moisture, so he stays cool on the playground, basketball court or field.

All In Motion Stretch Woven Performance Skorts

Perfect for tennis practice, P.E. class or everyday wear, this skort is made from a lightweight, moisture-wicking fabric. The material is also said to be UPF 50+ rated to help her stay protected when she’s out in the sun.

Target back-to-school items for college students

CamelBak 30-Ounce Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Straw Tumbler

Tumblers are all the rage these days, and they'll want to bring this one with them everywhere on campus, from the cafeteria to the classroom. It said to be spill-resistant, with a splash-proof straw seal lid and it features a double wall vacuum sealed construction to help keep their beverages at an ideal temperature.

CRUXGG 6-Quart Touchscreen Air Fryer

College kids will appreciate how easy it is to whip up tasty snacks and meals with an air fryer. This model, which is currently 25% off, has multiple settings so they can use it to bake, air fry and roast their favorite foods in their apartment or dorm room.

Room Essentials 11" Fabric Cube Storage Bin

If they’re low on closet space, they can fill these cubes with clothes and other essentials and store them under their bed. They’re designed to be collapsible so they’re easy to store away when you don’t need them.

Room Essentials Microfiber Micro Texture Comforter

This comforter is available in 11 different colors and comes in a Twin-Extra Long size to fit their dorm bed. You can get it now for just $20!

Room Essentials Darkening Thermal Window Curtain Panel

A good night’s sleep may be hard to come by in college. So when they get the rare chance to sleep in (or take a nap), they don’t want to be woken up by the sun shining through their window. These darkening curtains are made to block out sunlight, so they can get some much-needed rest.

HP 14-Inch Convertible 2-in-1 Chromebook Laptop

A laptop tends to be one of the most expensive things on any incoming college student's back-to-school shopping list. But you don't have to spend a ton of money to get them a new one. Right now, Target is offering up to 35% off select laptops and tablets. Students can use this two-in-one device as a standard laptop or turn the display around and use it as a touchscreen tablet for reading digital textbooks or watching movies.