Every school year, teachers can spend up to an average of $500 or more annually out-of-pocket on supplies for their classrooms in order to better their rooms and their students, said Erica Shook, English department chair and senior class sponsor at McPherson High School.

Shook has created a new USD 418 Educator Discount Program this year and is excited what it can do for teachers around McPherson.

"We are fortunate in that this community is very supportive of McPherson educators. This is just another way for the community to support us, and for us, in turn, to support local businesses," Shook said.

The discount will be placed at local businesses across McPherson. The cost of the discount will vary by business, and there will be no fee to participate or membership cards as USD 418 need only show their school identification.. This discount is for USD 418 educators only, to help them with high costs of the school year.

Shook originally came up with the idea with Ann Engel of McPherson Main Street.

"She helped by putting me in contact with local business owners and managers. I also contacted the McPherson Chamber of Commerce which shared the information with all of its members," Shook said.

Shook is hopeful the discount will continue through the upcoming school years to keep teachers from reaching sky rocketing prices on school supplies.

"USD 418 educators do a great deal to support our community as do local businesses. We love to support them just as they support us and our students. As long as businesses wish to participate, I will continue working with them to get information to staff," Shook said.

Businesses can still choose to join the discount if they wish.

Businesses currently offering discounts include:

— A5 Western, located at 102 N. Main St., offers 5 percent off total purchase storewide. Call 620-241-2660 for more information.

— Anchor Grill, located at 224 N. Main St., offers free chips and dinner purchase. Call 620-504-6220 for more information.

— Artshirt, located at 221 N. Main St., offers 10 percent off all regular priced merchandise. Call 620-241-4101 for more information.

— Brown’s Shoe Fit, located at 118 N. Main St., offers 10 percent off all footwear. Call 620-241-3963 for more information.

— CK Pharmacy, located at 200 N. Main St., offers 10 percent off over-the-counter items. Call 620-241-0022 for more information.

— Creative Hairlines, located at 2017 S. Main St., offers 50 percent off your first visit for new clients or new services for existing clients. Call 620-241-3535 for more information.

— CTFit, located at 119 N. Main St., offers 10 percent off gym, tanning and all products in the store. Call 620-504-6000 for more information.

— Daylight Donuts, located at 122 N. Main St., offers 10 percent off donuts and drinks, but, the offer cannot be combined with other offers. Call 620-502-6013 for more information.

— Giggle Box Photography offers 10 percent off of a full family session. Call 620-755-3878 for more information.

n Hopp’s Sound & Electric, located at 214 E. Euclid St., offers 10 percent off all in-stock merchandise. Call 620-241-0077 for more information.

— Integrated Health & Wellness Center, located at 1319 E. First St., offers 10 percent off in-office retail purchases legendary landscapes. Call 620-504-6344 for more information.

— LLC Jordan & Rebecca Pflughoeft, offers 10 percent off your total purchase in the store. Call 620-755-0010 for more information.

— Little Caesars, located at 319 S. Main St., offers free crazy bread with a specialty pizza purchase. Call 620-504-5000 for more information.

— McPherson Business Solutions, located at 421 N. Maple, offers 15 percent off classroom supply items. Call 620-241-4630 for more information.

— McPherson Opera House, located at 219 S. Main St., offers 10 percent off of teacher’s tickets to performances and is presented by McPherson Opera House, this excludes rental and fundraiser events. Call 620-241-1952 for more information.

— Nooks and Crannies, located at 113 N. Main St., offers 10 percent off featured monthly items, see store for more details. Call 620-241-7726 for more information.

— Sherwin-Williams, located at 220 N. Main St., offers 10 percent off every day additional discounts throughout year and you can sign up in the store for a Paint Perks Program. Call 620-241-4025 for more information.

— Sounds Great Music, located at 123 N. Main St., offers 10 percent off regular-priced merchandise as well as stout printing. Call 620-241-6322 for more information.

— Apparel & Promo, located at 115 N. Main St., offers 10 percent off store apparel, you can call for a discount on larger orders. Call 620-213-8041for more information.

— The Bookshelf, located at 206 N. Main St., offers 15 percent off all book purchases as well as additional discounts for multiples of same titles. Call 620-241-6602 for more information.

— The Cook’s Nook, located at 219 N. Main St., offers 10 percent off your total purchase. Call 620-241-7180 for more information.

— The Finish, located at 900 E. 1st St., 15 percent off your total purchase in the store. Call 620-242-1199 for more information.

— The Well, located at 101 N. Main St., offers 10 percent off all regular priced merchandise and menu items. Call 620-241-1840 for more information.

— Twice Told Tales, located at 104 S. Main St., offers 10 percent off your total purchase in the store. Call 620-718-5023 for more information.

— Venable Jewelers, located at 214 N. Main St., offers 15 percent off your total purchase in the store. Call 620-241-5693 for more information.

— Walgreens, located at 2095 E. Kansas, offers 15 percent off your total purchase this excludes: dairy, tobacco, alcohol, gift cards, and prescriptions. Call 620-241-1581 for more information.

Contact Brooke Haas by email at bhaas@mcphersonsentinel.com or follow her on Twitter @MacSentinel.