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Staples Teams Up with City Year to Make Graduation Happen in Classrooms Across the Country

Staples to donate up to $125,000 to City Year through a 15 percent match of Staples Gift Card purchases in store and online now thru May 30

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 4, 2015-- Staples (NASDAQ: SPLS) and national service organization City Year AmeriCorps have teamed up to provide high-need classrooms with the tools and resources necessary to make graduation happen for students across the country. Staples will match 15 percent of the face value of Staples brand gift card purchases up to $125,000 and donate the proceeds to City Year. The program begins in Staples’ stores and on Staples.com from now thru May 30.

The Staples’ gift card match donation is one part of Staples’ commitment to City Year, an education-focused organization dedicated to helping students and schools succeed. For more information on the City Year gift card match, please visit: http://www.staples.com/sbd/cre/marketing/giftcards/index.html.

In addition, this spring Staples will deliver $40,000 of essential school supplies to 262 City Year classrooms across the country as part of its Classroom in a Box initiative. The Classroom in a Box includes Staples brand products such as paper, markers, notebooks, notecards, glue sticks and more.

“Through our commitment to City Year with the Staples gift card match donations and our Classroom in a Box program, we are thrilled to be providing necessary school supplies and tools to help the organization’s important mission of making graduation happen,” said Frank Bifulco, executive vice president global marketing, Staples. “We are proud to work with City Year and supply the resources to help students achieve academic and future success.”

“We are grateful for Staples investment in City Year and its dedication to help increase high school graduation rates,” said Chris Mann, City Year Vice President Corporate Partnerships. “Every year, almost 800,000 students drop out of school. We know that students who graduate high school are on a path to greater success. We are grateful to Staples for providing much needed tools and supplies to help make this a reality in the schools our passionate team members serve.”

Locations throughout the country that will receive the “Classroom in a Box” include: Baton Rouge, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbia, Columbus, Denver, Detroit, Jacksonville, Little Rock, Los Angeles, Miami, Milwaukee, New Hampshire, New Orleans, New York, Orlando, Rhode Island, Sacramento, San Antonio, San Jose/Silicon Valley, Seattle, Tulsa and Washington, D.C. A total of 262 schools and 170,000 students will be directly impacted by the donations.

Celebrate Graduation and Win a Trip
In addition to the Staples gift card match donation and Classroom in a Box programs, Staples will celebrate graduation with a sweepstakes, awarding a trip for two to Los Angeles and the Staples Center to see Taylor Swift in concert in August. Consumers can enter May 3 through May 30 by tweeting a story about who helped and inspired them to graduate and include @Staples, #MakeGradsHappen and #Sweeps in their tweet.

For more information on the #MakeGradsHappen sweepstakes, please visit: http://www.staples.com/sbd/cre/products/150503/46077/index.html.

About City Year
City Year is an education-focused organization founded in 1988 dedicated to helping students and schools succeed. City Year partners with public schools in 26 urban, high-poverty communities across the U.S. and through international affiliates in the U.K. and Johannesburg, South Africa. Diverse teams of City Year AmeriCorps members provide high-impact student, classroom and school-wide support, to help students stay in school and on track to graduate from high school, ready for college and career success. A proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network, City Year is made possible by support from the Corporation for National and Community Service, school district partnerships, and private philanthropy from corporations, foundations and individuals. Learn more at www.cityyear.org.

About Staples
Staples makes 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 offers 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.

Source: Staples

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