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Staples Foundation for Learning Awards $640,000 in Grants to Support Youth Development Programs Nationwide

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., Aug 30, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) --

Staples Foundation for Learning (SFFL), a private foundation created by Staples, Inc., (NASDAQ: SPLS) today announced it has awarded 31 grants totaling $640,000 to non-profit organizations serving at-risk youth throughout the country. These organizations were selected for their commitment to providing educational programs that provide youth with the skills and resources needed to become responsible and caring citizens.

"Staples Foundation for Learning's mission is to promote the teaching, training and inspiration of the next generation of community leaders," said Mike Miles, president of Staples Foundation for Learning and president and chief operating officer of Staples, Inc. "By supporting educational organizations across the country, Staples Foundation for Learning is helping our nation's youth realize their full potential and achieve academic and professional success."

Staples Foundation for Learning grant recipients include:

  • Arts Council of Fayetteville, Fayetteville, NC --- $10,000 to Artists in Schools, which inspires students to succeed through the arts and positive self expression.
  • Bottom Line, Jamaica Plain, MA --- $10,000 to College Access, which helps disadvantaged youth achieve success in college and beyond.
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of South Valley, Sandy, UT --- $5,000 to its Education & Career Development Project, which inspires and empowers youth to realize their full potential as productive and caring citizens.
  • Building Educated Leaders for Life, Boston, MA --- $15,000 to the BELL Summer program in Baltimore, which helps youth develop their talents, teamwork and leadership skills.
  • Chapel Hill-Carrboro Public School Foundation, Carrboro, NC --- $10,000 to The Teacher Store, which ensures students from low-income schools achieve success and have access to educational supplies.
  • Close Up Foundation, Washington, DC --- $10,000 to provide scholarships to disadvantaged youth to visit Washington DC and learn about democracy and their responsibilities as United States citizens.
  • Crayons to Computers, Cincinnati, OH --- $15,000 to Push for Pencils (P4P), an annual back to school supply drive that provides teachers and their students with critical, basic learning tools.
  • Denver Scholarship Foundation, Denver, CO --- $20,000 to Future Centers, which provides disadvantaged youth with the motivation, mentoring and financial assistance to achieve college success.
  • The DREAM Program, Burlington, VT --- $15,000 to provide low-income children with mentoring and guidance to help them reach their full potential.
  • Earth Force, Alexandria, VA --- $200,000 to support the launch of a national competition that will give young people from urban communities the opportunity to address critical issues affecting the environment.
  • Empowerment Center of Greater Cleveland, Cleveland, OH --- $7,500 to ensure low-income youth return to school prepared to learn and succeed.
  • Girls for a Change, Richmond, VA --- $10,000 to Girl Action Teams, which empowers girls to lead projects that create social change and help them realize their full potential.
  • Girl Scouts of Eastern MA, Boston, MA --- $15,000 to FaB Factor, a mentoring program that provides educational opportunities and leadership skills to underserved young girls.
  • Impact on Education, Boulder, CO --- $10,000 to Crayons to Calculators, an annual supply drive that provides economically disadvantaged students with the tools needed to succeed in school.
  • Kids in Motion, Hannibal, MO --- $15,000 to its Summer Youth Program, which empowers teens to value employment, community service and their future personal success.
  • Leadership Teacher, Concord, NH --- $15,000 to its Social Entrepreneurial Student Leadership Challenge, which enables at-risk students to work on projects that address important social issues while improving their communication and problem solving skills.
  • Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA --- $5,000 to Think:Kids, which provides at-risk youth with the life skills needed to successfully transition out of residential services.
  • National Aquarium of Baltimore, Baltimore, MD --- $10,000 to Aquarium on Wheels, which educates underserved youth about marine life, science and the environment.
  • National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship, Miami, FL --- $10,000 to programs which improve the business, academic and life skills of inner-city youth through entrepreneurial education.
  • National Summer Learning Association, Baltimore, MD --- $7,500 to create high quality summer learning opportunities for all young people.
  • Nearby Nature, Eugene, OR --- $10,000 to education programs which foster an appreciation for nature and the environment among low-income children, teens and young parents.
  • Peace First, Los Angeles, CA --- $15,000 to Peace Games and its anti-violence campaign which works to build safe and effective school climates where children become engaged and active citizens.
  • Project Learning Tree, Washington, DC --- $25,000 to GreenSchools, which raises students' awareness of their role and responsibility to protect and improve the community and the environment.
  • ProLiteracy Worldwide, Syracuse, NY --- $10,000 to Life Links, a career skills development program which increases computer skills and digital literacy among low-income families.
  • Progress Through Business, Washington, MI --- $5,000 to a Tax/Educational Assistance & Financial Literacy program, which provides underserved adults with the tools and resources to increase their economic well-being.
  • Salt Lake Art Center, Salt Lake City, UT --- $5,000 to KidsmART, Family Art Saturday and ARTbytes, three art instruction programs offered to at-risk youth.
  • Save the Children, Albuquerque, NM --- $10,000 to its Improving Literacy program, which improves the reading skills and academic success of low-income children.
  • School to Work Council, Paris, KY --- $14,000 to the School to Careers program, which provides students with the opportunity to gain job skills for future success.
  • TakingITGlobal, Global ---$116,000 to educational programs, incorporating artistic expression, online tools and resources, and a global 40-day challenge to engage students in minimizing their ecological footprints.
  • U.S. Fund for UNICEF, Denver, CO --- $20,000 to BE UNICEF, a program that inspires youth to become active community citizens, and more aware of global social issues.
  • Youth Volunteer Corps of Kansas City, Kansas City, KS --- $10,000 to a service-learning program, which provides inner-city youth with meaningful volunteer experiences that improve the community.
  • Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta, GA --- $5,000 to inspire, create, support and celebrate renowned arts and education for diverse audiences.

About Staples Foundation for Learning

Founded in 2002, Staples Foundation for Learning has contributed to nearly 1,000 global, national and local charities that provide educational opportunities and job skills for all people, with a special emphasis on disadvantaged youth. Staples Foundation for Learning builds lasting relationships with world-class organizations including Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Ashoka, Earth Force and the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City. The foundation is the private charitable arm of Staples, Inc. and is an integral component of Staples Soul, which recognizes the connection between long-term business success and the impact Staples has on associates, communities and the planet. For more information about the foundation and Staples Soul, please visit www.staplesfoundation.org and www.staples.com/soul.

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