Friday, May 29, 2020

Summer Paper Buy Extended thru June 12!

The ordering window for our Summer '20 paper buy has been extended! Orders are now being accepted by The Paper Corporation through June 12, 2020! 

Complete information and order forms are available online.

Go to: "Paper Buy-AEA Purchasing".

Bid Features Include:
*Wide variety of paper weights, colors and sizes
*Additional discounts for orders of 840+ cartons of white
*Letter and catalog envelopes

Questions? Contact Laurie today!

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Vendor Feature: WTI/Tremco

Our WTI/Tremco contract is great for all your roofing needs. Whether you need just the materials or are looking at a restoration or complete replacement project, consult with WTI/Tremco for an economic and professional solution.

Pricing varies depending on project specifications. Contact WTI/Tremco for a project quote. Be sure to reference our bid number, AEPA IFB 017-F!

Jeremy Yoder

Additional links:
High Performance Kids Need High Performance Buildings
7 Fatal Mistakes of Roof Restoration

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Continuing Education Opportunities for School Nutrition Professionals

AEA Purchasing is happy to help Iowa school nutrition professionals find opportunities for continuing their education. Information on how to access a number of continuing education and learning opportunities is provided below.

Additionally, please review the USDA professional standards summary flyer for specifics on the minimum professional standards requirements for school nutrition professionals who manage and operate the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. 

Self-directed learning from Iowa Learning Online:
Select "Iowa Learning Online Professional Development" and "School Meal Programs Tutorials" to access courses.  When joining for the first time, please create an account; use enrollment key "schoolmeals".

Iowa Department of Education Bureau of Nutrition & Health Services, Learning Tools - Webinars/Trainings:

Institute of Child Nutrition E-learning Portal:
Registration is required, but this service is free to child nutrition professionals.

School Nutrition Association - ELearning on Demand:
Scroll down to review member versus non-member registration

United State Department of Agriculture, Food & Nutrition Services:
Free and low-cost training resources

Iowa State University Extension (food safety trainings):

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Vendor Feature: Student News Net

Student News Net is a resource for original educational content aligned to principles of learning that authentically engages students and teachers. As a research proven database, Student News Net is unique with its focus on literature related to one-of-a-kind articles that include scaffolding to support literacy and student achievement.

New feature for the 2020-2021 school year
To honor the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe (V-E) Day on May 8, 2020, Student News Net has developed a featured unit on the WWII Home Front. Anchored by literature and primary source interviews, the unit follows a blended learning model. In development for one year, the unit quickly adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic. Included are current event articles on private industry stepping up as companies did in the time period known as the “Arsenal of Democracy” during World War II and a graphic novel explaining the importance of hand-washing. One article recently developed features a distillery that quickly added a production line to make hand sanitizer. Another article features the story of the Smith family from New Castle, Indiana who sent five sons off to war that is linked to the Student News Net series of articles on the Sullivan brothers from Waterloo and the Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum. The unit also includes interviews with original "Rosies" and a visit to the Dennison Railroad Depot Museum, a National Historic Landmark as the most historically significant remaining WWII canteen. Women volunteers and The Salvation Army kept the canteen open 24/7 for four years from 1942-1946 serving 1.2 million soldiers who briefly stopped at the Dennison depot, a hub for the Pennsylvania Railroad. One anchor book in the multidisciplinary unit is The Mold in Dr. Florey’s Coat by Eric Lax that explores the discovery and mass production of penicillin during WWII. This unit contains six comprehensive lesson plans, with assessments and related multimedia, that will be posted on Student News Net in early July 2020.

Other featured units to debut in July include a unit on the civil rights movement, the Holocaust, COVID-19, birds and birding, and weather.

Finally, for the 2020-2021 school year, a feature to support student voice will be available on Student News Net to more deeply engage students in content and their community.

For more information, contact Judy S. Miller at Discounts are available through AEA Purchasing on a variety of subscription models.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Vendor Feature: Complete Book & Media Supply

Awarded in March 2020, Complete Book & Media Supply is a single-source, wholesale distributor of books, journals, subscriptions, audio books, DVDs and digital media.

Per our contract, discounts vary based on type, publisher and quantity ordered. Bulk discounts are available if ordering more than 25 copies of one title. For these occasions, it's suggested to request a quote for best pricing.

Additional offers from Complete Book & Supply can be found here.

All Iowa schools and AEAs are eligible to purchase using this contract. Reference contract "AEPA IFB 020-C" to order using our contract.

For specific vendor and product questions, reach out to:

Complete Book and Media Supply
Kendall Montiegel and Sandra Vanelli

Friday, May 8, 2020

Husqvarna Automowers are Here!

Husqvarna automowers are here, just in time for spring!

Low noise
0 emission
Care free lawn maintenance
and more! 

Check them out today! 

For product questions, contract information for to order under the AEA Purchasing contract, contact:

Jake Breig

Husqvarna is pleased to provide the best pricing available to Iowa schools through the AEA Purchasing contract. This includes:

30% discount on commercial zero turn mowers
20% discount on handheld outdoor power equipment
10% discount on automowers (robotic mowers)
15% discount on attachments and accessories

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Vendor Profile: Adventure Lighting

Brighten up your classrooms and hallways with efficient energy solutions and products from Adventure Lighting!

Based in Des Moines, Adventure Lighting and AEA Purchasing are happy to promote discounts on light bulbs and ballasts as part of the State of Iowa-DAS contract.

Adventure Lighting, Inc. is a 39 year-old company specializing in the sale of lamps, ballasts and fixtures to the commercial/industrial market of central Iowa. Their knowledgeable staff can assist with everything from locating hard to find bulbs, to assisting with energy audits to lower utility bills. 

For more information on how Adventure Lighting can help you save on your next lighting project, contact:

Brian Huff