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Wawa salutes teachers with free coffee in back-to-school giveaway

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The Wawa at Route 100 and Willow Lane in Lower Macungie Township.

  • Wawa's "Cheers to Classrooms" celebration runs from Sept. 1 through Sept. 30
  • Throughout September, teachers and school administration can enjoy free hot coffee of any size all day, simply by mentioning their affiliation with a school when ordering at the register
  • Wawa has partnered with Donor's Choose to establish a $50,000 matching fund, allowing educators to submit projects for school supplies and support

BETHLEHEM, Pa. — Wawa is offering free coffee to teachers and school administrators during back-to-school season.
The convenience store chain on Wednesday announced the return of its annual "Cheers to Classrooms" celebration, running from Sept. 1 through Sept. 30.

The monthlong event aims to recognize and appreciate the dedication of teachers and school administrators who play a pivotal role in educating, guiding and inspiring children, Wawa said.

As part of this initiative, Wawa is offering the following across the Mid-Atlantic states, including Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C.:

Free hot coffee for educators: Throughout September, teachers and school administration can enjoy free hot coffee of any size, available all day, every day. Faculty members can just mention that they work at a school when placing their order at the register.

$50,000 Cheers to Classrooms Mid-Atlantic Fund: In collaboration with Donor's Choose, an online platform that enables teachers to submit funding requests for school supplies and support, Wawa has established a $50,000 matching fund. Educators can submit their projects here, and schools meeting Wawa's funding criteria may receive matching funds to enhance their educational initiatives.

Dave Simonetti, Wawa's senior director of store operations, said the company was delighted to celebrate teachers.

“Our associates are also looking forward to visiting local schools throughout the month to welcome teachers back into the classroom and show our appreciation for everything they do," he said in a news release.

New Wawa proposed for Bethlehem Township

In May, Bethlehem Township commissioners reviewed a proposal for a new Wawa and apartment complex at 4457 Easton Ave., near Farmersville Road.

Plans include a 13,000-square-foot Wawa with 16 gas pumps and 62 parking spaces, along with a four-story, 60-unit apartment building occupying 21,000 square feet with 102 parking spaces.

Read more from our Bethlehem reporter Will Oliver.