Wednesday, September 21, 2022

School Spirit Food Show Success!

Our annual School Spirit food shows took place in Cedar Rapids and Des Moines this past August.

We were proud to host 126 school districts and over 500 food program members!

Activities included four hours of education followed by a food show with 80 companies and 460+ items to sample and review.

Monday, September 19, 2022

September Program Highlights

 Here's the latest in news from AEA Purchasing!

+National School Lunch Week
October 10-14, 2022 is National School Lunch Week.  The theme is Peace, Love, School Lunch.  Celebratory resources are available from the School Nutrition Association.

+Crowdstrike Webinar 
JourneyEd is partnering with Crowdstrike in offering a webinar on K-12 cybersecurity solutions. As part of our purchasing contract with JourneyEd, Iowa schools and education agencies receive a discount on all software products, including Crowdstrike and other security/antivirus licenses.

+Accessit Library Webinar
Does your library catalog need an upgrade? If so, plan on attending Mackin's 'Accessit Library' webinar on 9/22. Accessit Library delivers easy and precise access to a school’s or district’s library catalog and creates an environment where the library becomes the trusted hub that connects and integrates a school’s existing systems. This new service is covered under the AEA Purchasing contract!

+White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health
On Sept. 28, for the first time in 53 years, the Biden-Harris Administration will host the second-ever White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health (live streamed on the Conference website here).  With the support of Iowa communities, AEA Purchasing has pledged our responsibility to commit to continuously improving child nutrition programs and educating Iowans about the incredible work that is already being done. 

+Office & Classroom Contracts
Our Office & Classroom contracts cover everything your school might need to maintain day-to-day operations. The next time you go on a supply run, be sure to check our contracts first!

Want to know more about our vendor partners and what they have available? Check out this month's Vendor Promotions folder! Special offers, flyers, and brochures are added throughout the month.

Follow us on social media to see what we are up to! You can find us on Twitter and Facebook!

Vendor Profile: Lightspeed

Under the AEA Purchasing agreement, Lightspeed offers a discount on any of their technology products. They also offer a trade-in/recycle program.

Contract benefit includes 22% off MSRP on all items found in their catalog, including:

  • Whole class audio systems 
  • Activate group learning 
  • Additional audio systems 
  • Components and accessories (microphones, media connectors, speakers, mobile connectors, batteries, cables, chargers/power supply, etc.)
  • Additional discounts for volume purchases!
  • Free shipping within the contiguous United States, with no minimum order.

For more information on how you can save on Lightspeed equipment, visit their profile page on our website or contact:

Cathy Bross
Bid reference "STB2022AEAPURCH"

Happy saving!

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Office & Classroom Program: 101

Our Office & Classroom program covers everything your school might need to maintain day-to-day operations.

Click on a vendor name to learn more.

Assessments, Curriculum & Instruction
Canvas (Instructure)
Dreambox Digital Math
Frey Scientific (School Specialty)
Midwest Technology Products

Copiers & Printers
HP Printers
Konica Minolta
Kyocera Document Solutions

STEM/STEAM/Coding & Robotics/MakerSpaces
Camcor, Inc.
Education Essentials-School Specialty
Midwest Technology Products
Premier F+E (powered by Meteor)

General Supplies (Office, Classroom)
Blick Art Materials
Education Essentials-School Specialty
Paper Buy-AEA Purchasing

As you can imagine, this purchasing program covers a wide range of products and categories. If there is something specific you are looking for, be sure to browse our Marketplace or contact us for help in finding the right direction!

Monday, September 12, 2022

Contract Profile: Acco Brands

ACCO Brands USA LLC brand delivers innovative products that allow users to present, protect, secure, organize, enhance and transform all printed material to achieve a professional edge in a competitive marketplace. 

Awarded under AEA Purchasing's Statewide Technology Buy, Acco Brands offers the following products at a competitively bid discount to Iowa schools and education agencies:

  • Catalog Discount: 40% - including PPE and Air Purifiers
  • GBC Document Camera
  • Pinnacle 27 laminator
  • Ultima 65 laminator
  • Foton 30 laminator
  • Laminating film
Sign in to the AEA Purchasing Marketplace to search for products and pricing. Please reference "STB2022AEAPURCH" on all correspondence. 

If ordering online isn't for you or you have specific product/contract questions, feel free to reach out to:

Acco Brands
Contract # STB2022AEAPURCH
Lauren Tyler
GBC Inside Sales