Monday, March 27, 2023

Vendor Profile: Blick Art Materials

 Blick Art Materials offers all supplies needed for your visual arts program including paints, brushes, craft and printmaking items, ceramic and sculpture supplies, furniture and much more! Additionally, Blick offers The Blick Advantage: Best Selection, Best Service & Knowledge, Best Availability, and Blick Ships Quick!

Contract benefits include:
  • Catalog discount -- 20%
  • Free freight on orders of $49 or more after discount
  • Bid reference # QD20AEP is required on all orders
For quotes, contact:
Natalie Ingle, Contract & Bid Specialist

For customer care & ordering questions, contact:

Thursday, March 23, 2023

Webinar: Improving School Indoor Air Quality and HVAC

 If your school is interested in learning more about how to improve its indoor air quality, consider attending this upcoming webinar from our vendor partner WTI/Tremco.

Webinar: Improving School Indoor Air Quality and HVAC
March 30th, 2pm ET/1pm CST

Learn how to effectively manage IAQ/HVAC utilizing remaining ESSER funds and cooperative purchasing to improve the HVAC systems in your schools. Hosted by Tony Raszka of WTI/Pure Air Control Services. 

Monday, March 20, 2023

Vendor of the Week: Martin Yarborough and Associates

Awarded via a competitive RFP process, Martin Yarborough and Associates is now an option for Iowa schools that are looking for network vulnerability scanning and other related technology services.

Both AEA Purchasing and Martin Yarborough look forward to working with your district in helping to secure your technology and protecting your network from ransomware and other security concerns.

View this 1-pager that introduces the services available to you under our contract (NVT2022AEAPURCH).

Please feel free to contact AEA Purchasing or Martin Yarborough with additional questions.

Martin Yarborough
Principal Consultant
+1 (817) 241-4777
8451 Deerwood Forest Drive Fort Worth, TX 76126
Bid Reference: NVT2022AEAPURCH

Friday, March 17, 2023

March Highlights

Here's an update on items of interest from AEA Purchasing!

+IASL Book Award Sets
Perfection Learning is providing IASL book award sets (Goldfinch, Children's Choice, Teen, High School) at a discount for the 2023-2024 school year. All orders received by March 31, 2023, are guaranteed a free poster! More information may be found here on the AEA Purchasing website. Please contact your AEA Media Director or Laurie Hoing with any questions.

+Food Program Agreements Now Available
If you would like to sign up for the AEA Purchasing Food Program effective July 1, 2023 - June 30, 2024, offering food, small wares, and ware wash contracts to accommodate your School Nutrition Program, please reach out to our team, Barb Adams,  We are proud to report that AEA Purchasing Members were rebated $0.24/case, nearly half of the $0.50/case administrative fee for the school year 2021 - 2022, a total rebate of $376,142.00 for AEA Purchasing Members.  Thank you AEA Purchasing Members for your dedication to providing excellent meals for Iowa students!

+New Contracts!
 AEA Purchasing has added NEW contracts to our programs! As we welcome a new season, we also welcome new vendor partners to our contract roster. Check out who's new here

+Vendor Promotions
Click here to gain access to a shared Google Folder with brochures from our vendor partners. Content is added throughout the month.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Kajeet Private Wireless

AEA Purchasing and Kajeet are happy to announce the addition of Private Wireless to our partnership contract. This solution will provide agencies with a simplified private wireless solution, delivering everything they need to manage their private wireless network.

Not sure what private wireless means for your school? Kajeet will be hosting a webinar in early April where member agencies can learn about the steps and components of the Private Wireless Network solution. Contact Joni if you are interested in webinar details.

To start a conversation with Kajeet on how their services can benefit your school and how you can take advantage of the AEA Purchasing contract (AEPA IFB 021.5 D), reach out to:

Eric Grubbs
Contract # AEPA IFB 021.5 D

Monday, March 13, 2023

Check Out Our NEW Contracts!

 AEA Purchasing has added NEW contracts to our programs!

As we welcome a new season, we also welcome new vendor partners to our contract roster. Check out who's new below. 

  • Lawson Products -- distributor of maintenance and repair supplies

  • Flaghouse -- current partner now offering school and instructional supplies, athletic and PE equipment, in addition to air purification systems

  • Just Right Reader: decodable books

  • Lakeshore Learning: current partner now offering discounts on school and instructional supplies, in addition to furniture

  • Total Technology: technology buyback and e-waste services
Contact us for more information and to connect with our new partners!

Contract Profile: Midwest Technology Products

Midwest Technology Products is an AEA Purchasing vendor partner specializing in the resell of industrial arts, vocation and technology equipment for your curriculum needs AND is based right here in Iowa (Sioux City).

Bring fun, engaging learning to your classrooms with their power tool combo kits! Featuring brands such as Milwaukee, Makita, DeWalt, Skil, and Bosch, Midwest Technology Products has the tools you need to develop the next generation of skilled workers.

Support Iowa vendors and save with the AEA Purchasing contract! For more information on pricing or to place an order, contact:

Midwest Technology Products
Contract # AEPA IFB 022.5- Industrial Arts & Career and Tech Supplies
Sarah Cruz
800.831.5904 ext 3120

*View popular products with Midwest Technology Product's NEW highlights flip catalog! This is a great way to view the breadth of products offered without flipping through their full 500 page catalog online.

Friday, March 10, 2023

March Vendor Promos!

Have you checked out the latest info and specials from our vendor partners?

What are you waiting for? 

Check out our March vendor promotions today! 

Content is added throughout the month. 

Thursday, March 9, 2023

ESSER Funding and Indoor Air Quality

Did you know that the deadline to use ESSER II funding is September 30, 2023, and ESSER III is September 30, 2024? 

Available ESSER II and ESSER III funds may be used for inspection, testing, maintenance, repair, replacement, and upgrade projects to improve the indoor air quality (IAQ) in school facilities. Roofing and building envelope continuity, HVAC disinfection and moisture  management can significantly impact indoor air quality.

Tremco Roofing & Building Maintenance and affiliated construction services company WTI can help you to improve IAQ through industry-leading building envelope solutions. They work closely with affiliates Canam Building Envelope Specialists and Pure Air Control Services to address indoor air quality issues quickly and effectively through air barrier audits, building envelope testing, continuity systems, indoor environmental testing, HVAC remediation, building and room decontamination, and more.

Additionally, Tremco is a long-time awarded vendor partner with AEA Purchasing, helping schools safe money on the materials they need for facility improvements. To learn more about the use of ESSER funds, download Tremco's ESSER FAQ or visit to request a complimentary consultation.

To start a conversation with Tremco, contact:

Jeremy Yoder
Bid Reference: AEPA IFB 021-D

New From Pitsco: iSprowt!

Looking for a quick and easy way to get hands-on STEM into your elementary students’ hands? 
Welcome to iSprowt from Pitsco Education!

iSprowt’s EIGHT all-inclusive science kits use FUN phenomena-based lessons and experiments written with specific NGSS standards in mind. Each 10-pack from Pitsco enables 20 students to become scientists as they collaborate and follow along in their individual workbooks to discover Earth science, chemistry, and outer space!

Shop now at

When shopping directly with Pitsco Education, don’t forget to use code AEPA22 or AEPACTE at checkout for your exclusive 2% discount along with free shipping on $50+ orders! But hurry, the free shipping offer expires 3/31/23.

For product and pricing information, contact:

Pitsco Education
Preston Frazier, Iowa Sales
800-835-0686 Ext. 4559

Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Lorax Learning with Imagined Plants

Do you or your students love The Lorax? If so, check out this free lesson plan from our partner, Blick Art Materials!

Imagined Plants!

With inspiration from Dr. Suess during the month of his birth, students create a new plant species and imagine its importance within an ecosystem. These small assemblage sculptures can illustrate the physical properties of existing plants or be entirely new creations. Get inspired to fill a classroom “garden” or offer at a one-of-a-kind “plant sale”, all the while becoming informed about the timeless ecological message shared in The Lorax. Full lesson plan details and materials list are available at

All materials may be purchased from Blick Art Materials under the AEA Purchasing contract. If ordering directly from Blick, remember to enter promo code QD20AEP during checkout.

For hundreds more free art lesson plans visit Lessons are geared for a wide variety of ages and skill levels and are designed to meet the National Standards for Visual Art Education. For more information on how you can save on your art purchases, contact:

Blick Art Materials
Natalie Ingle
Contract #IFB 022.5-B Industrial Arts & Career and Tech Supplies
Contract #IFB 023-D School Supplies

Tuesday, March 7, 2023

PITSCO Webinar on Taking the Fear out of Coding

 Join AEA Purchasing and Pitsco for a webinar that will help educators take the fear out of coding! 

It’s an exciting and unfamiliar time as Iowa schools work to provide computer science education from kindergarten through 12th grade. We’d like to invite you to join us, Pitsco Education, for a webinar focused on preparing students for success through future-relevant, hands-on computer science programming.

During this webinar, educators will learn how Pitsco can help them reach their goals of providing an experiential approach to computer science that progresses with students from grade level to grade level. As an awarded vendor partner with AEA Purchasing, Pitsco also offers schools a contracted discount on most products in their catalogs!

Webinar: Taking the Fear out of Coding
March 28, 2023, at 10:00 am CST
Register here!

For more information, contact:

Preston Frazier, Iowa Sales
800-835-0686 Ext. 4559