There's nothing like the excitement that accompanies the start of a new school year

-- but for educators, the pressure is ON! You're about to welcome dozens of new students for their best educational experiences ever, but you also have homes, families and other non-school obligations that demand your attention. That's why NEA Member Benefits is extending a helping hand -- through important member-only programs, services, discounts, informative articles, and online courses designed to help you make a smooth transition into fall and a productive school year. Getting back to school will be a lot easier with these sweet opportunities:

NEA exclusive $100 statement credit offer! Apply now for your own NEA Credit CardSM with WorldPoints® rewards and receive a $100 statement credit after qualifying transactions.

20 percent discount at Lesson Planet! Eliminate guesswork and save valuable time searching online for resources, activities and lesson plans for your students. For only $39.99 per year (regular price: $49.99/year), gain access to Lesson Planet's 350,000+ teacher-reviewed and rated curriculum resources for pre-K through grade 12 educators!

• Enter to win $1,000 in VISA gift cards! September is Life Insurance Awareness Month, and the NEA Members Insurance Trust® is sponsoring the "Who Do You Love" contest to encourage you to think seriously about life insurance as an expression of love. From now through the end of September, enter the contest by submitting a photo and brief story online at www.MyNEALife.com and you could win two $500 VISA gift cards -- one for you and the other for your loved one!

Save up to 50 percent at SmileMakers! Now until Dec. 31, get free shipping on all orders (no minimum) and up to 50 percent off classroom décor, student rewards and more!

Win a $7,500 school lounge makeover! Compliments of California Casualty, provider of the NEA Auto & Home Insurance Program®, four lucky schools will be able to transform their school lounges from ordinary to positively extraordinaire! Enter at: www.schoolloungemakeover.com

Get more details on these and other great back to school offers at www.neamb.com/backtoschool or call the NEA Member Service Center at 800-637-4636. Have a wonderful school year!