|Staples Back-to-School Makeovers Bring Creativity and Spirit to Teachers' Lounges|
FRAMINGHAM, Mass., Jul 27, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) --
TeachersCount, a non-profit organization that provides resources to the education community, announced today five schools from across the country will receive makeovers for their teachers' lounges. Each school will receive $2,500 from Staples to revamp these often overlooked, yet vital spaces in schools that allow teachers to prepare for class and take well-deserved breaks.
The schools selected include Samuel W. Bridgham Middle School in Providence, R.I., Woodward Park Middle School in Columbus, Ohio; Edmunds Middle School in Burlington, Vt.; Kennedy Middle School in Springfield, Mass., and Solomon Plains Junior High School in Plains, Pa. The National Education Association and American Federation of Teachers identified these schools based on need, age and condition. In cases like 40-year-old Kennedy Middle School in Massachusetts, the lounge hasn't been renovated since the school was built. Each lounge is missing vital furniture like shelving, as well as essential equipment including refrigerators and microwaves.
"Educators need to feel appreciated and valued, and as we all know, a culture of appreciation can be the seedbed of a thriving community," said Diana Burroughs, Executive Director of TeachersCount and facilitator of the Teachers Lounge Makeover Initiative. "We appreciate Staples' efforts to update these lounges and tell teachers: 'The work you do for our children and community is very important. We honor you.' "
"Teachers need a professional, comfortable and inspiring place where they can come together and work as valued colleagues," said Demos Parneros, Staples president of U.S. Stores. "Staples is committed to supporting educators and this makeover initiative leads the way in nurturing teacher creativity and productivity by creating an energizing environment."
The makeovers are part of a national initiative TeachersCount is coordinating with Kappa Delta Pi (KDP), an international honor society for teachers. KDP is providing volunteers - all future teachers - to assist with the makeover project. In addition, TeachersCount has secured Brian Patrick Flynn, a regular on TBS' Movie & a Makeoverand HGTV's Decorating Cents. Flynn will provide each school with brand-new interior décor concepts.
"One of the most exciting elements of this project is the volunteer effort of our Kappa Delta Pi collegiate chapter members," said Faye Snodgress, Executive Director of KDP. "These future teachers, who are committed to the values of KDP, know the importance of educational excellence and are proud to be a part of this teachers' lounge makeover initiative."
The National Teacher Lounge Makeover Initiative is one of many programs Staples supports to honor teachers. This year the company is working with TeachersCount on its annual "Behind Every Famous Person is a Fabulous Teacher" campaign, a national calendar featuring celebrities, like Carrie Underwood, Tyler Hansbrough and America Ferrara, and their favorite educator. The free calendar will be distributed to schools and education groups nationwide.
To further enhance the makeover, each participating school will receive an HP TouchSmart PC computer. This donation comes from HP's Office of Global Social Innovation, in recognition of the important role teachers' play in our local schools and communities (www.hp.com/go/socialinnovation).
Staples supports the education community through Staples Foundation for Learning (SFFL), a private foundation created by Staples, Inc., which has contributed more than $18.5 million to national and local charities that provide educational opportunities for all people, with a special emphasis on disadvantaged youth. For more information, visit www.staplesfoundation.org.
TeachersCount is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to raise the status of the teaching profession and provide resources to the education community. Using a public service announcement national ad campaign and related initiatives, TeachersCount is working to create a permanent culture of teacher appreciation in the United States. For more information please visit http://www.teacherscount.org.
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