Staples gives 174 Local Teachers the Supplies they need through
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. & PHILADELPHIA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 4, 2014--
Staples (NASDAQ: SPLS) and global pop music superstar Katy Perry
continue to “Make Roar Happen” in Philadelphia, Pa. today by announcing
223 local classroom projects have been funded as part of Staples’ $1
million donation to DonorsChoose.org.
Staples fully funded the balance of every project that was on
DonorsChoose.org in the city of Philadelphia, Pa. today. This $135,581
donation helped 174 teachers fulfill classroom needs and helped 23,536
students in the Philadelphia community. For example, Barbara
Janas at G& Hunting Park will receive a circular teaching table so
her students can interact and communicate better; and Caitlin
Matyas at Arts Academy-Benjamin Rush High School will receive lab
equipment like cars, ramps and photogates to help students further
investigate studies in mechanics.
“I’m glad to partner with Staples on my Prismatic World Tour to raise
awareness and funds for DonorsChoose.org, and to remind my fans that a
small gesture can have a huge impact on the very basic materials
classrooms need for teachers to help students reach their full
potential,” said Katy Perry.
Staples and Katy Perry teamed up to “Make Roar Happen” and support
teachers. Through the “Make Roar Happen” program, Katy Perry will help
Staples raise awareness of how to help teachers with a $1 donation
either in store or on Staples.com. As part of the program, Staples, the
presenting sponsor of the North American leg of the Katy Perry Prismatic
World Tour, donated $1 million to DonorsChoose.org, a charity which has
helped fund more than 450,000 classroom projects for teachers and
impacted more than 11 million students. $135,581 of that donation went
to Philadelphia classrooms today.
“We are so thrilled to have Katy Perry supporting ‘Make Roar Happen’ and
look forward to working together with DonorsChoose.org to ensure
teachers have the supplies they need,” said Alison Corcoran, senior vice
president, North American stores and online marketing, Staples. “Our
recent survey found almost three-quarters of parents with teens agree
that teachers in their communities inspire their students so it’s
imperative we support these everyday heroes.”
Additionally, the survey revealed that 76% of parents of teen students
believe that a lack of school supplies is a significant challenge for
schools today. Most teachers spend an average of $408.71 of their own
money each year to provide supplies and materials for their classrooms.
Customers are invited to help ‘Make Roar Happen’ for local teachers by
donating $1 to DonorsChoose.org at nearby Staples stores or online at www.staples.com/makeroarhappen.
The proceeds will benefit teachers in the supporters’ communities and
will help fund local classroom projects listed on DonorsChoose.org.
“The tremendous support Staples and Katy Perry have provided to
DonorsChoose.org through ‘Make Roar Happen’ has made a great difference
in classrooms across the country,” said Charles Best, Founder and CEO,
DonorsChoose.org. "We understand the financial hardships teachers in the
Philadelphia area face when it comes to providing their classroom with
the right resources. Thanks to Staples and Katy Perry, local teachers
are able to get what they need and ‘Make Roar Happen’ in the classroom.”
Win A Trip to Meet Katy Perry
Fans have a chance to win a trip to Los Angeles to meet Katy Perry and
attend her concert on Sept. 19 at the Staples Center by entering the
‘Make Roar Happen’ Video Sweepstakes. Everyone is invited to create
videos ‘Roaring’ about their educational goals, inspirational teachers
or how education has positively affected their lives. To enter, upload
your ‘Roar’ video at www.staples.com/makeroarhappen.
Entries must be submitted before 11:59 PM ET on Sept. 3, and
participants must be 18 years or older. Participants are encouraged to
share their videos on their social channels using the hashtag
#MakeRoarHappen. See official rules at www.staples.com/makeroarhappen.
Win Tickets to see Katy Perry The Prismatic
World Tour Presented by Staples
Customers who spend $10 or more at any Staples store will receive a
unique code(s) based on the total amount spent. Code(s) will be provided
on their store receipt to enter online at Staples.com/MakeRoarHappen for
a chance to win two tickets to a concert in the U.S. portion of the Katy
Perry Prismatic World Tour Presented by Staples. To win tickets,
participants must enter the code on their purchase receipt from June 1
to Sept. 25 at www.staples.com/makeroarhappen.
See official rules at www.staples.com/makeroarhappen.
Staples make it easy to make more happen with more products and more
ways to shop. Through its world-class retail, online and delivery
capabilities, Staples lets customers shop however and whenever they
want, whether it’s in-store, online or on mobile devices. Staples offers
more products than ever, such as technology, facilities and breakroom
supplies, furniture, safety supplies, medical supplies, and Copy and
Print services. Staples also offer free shipping for Staples Rewards
Members, in most cases overnight. Headquartered outside
of Boston, Staples operates throughout North and South
America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. More information
about Staples (SPLS) is available at www.staples.com.
Founded in 2000, DonorsChoose.org makes it easy for anyone to help a
classroom in need. At this nonprofit website, teachers at half of all
the public schools in America have created project requests and more
than a million people have donated $240 million to projects that inspire
them. All told, 11.4 million students—most from low-income communities,
and many in disaster-stricken areas—have received books, art supplies,
field trips, technology and other resources that they need to learn.
Kristine Houston, 508-253-8468