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Staples Foundation for Learning Provides 20 Grants to Benefit Disadvantaged Youth Across the Country; Funds Will Support Essential Life and Job Skills Programs for Kids Nationwide

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 3, 2003--Furthering its commitment to give back to communities across the country, Staples Foundation for Learning, a private foundation created by Staples, Inc., (Nasdaq: SPLS) today announced it is awarding grants to support programs for disadvantaged youth at 20 non-profit organizations. Grants will support programs ranging from tutoring, assistance in navigating how to succeed in college, and fostering environmental conservation and the arts.

"We are passionate about helping to ensure every child has an opportunity to realize their full potential," said Ron Sargent, president of Staples Foundation for Learning and president and CEO of Staples, Inc. "By supporting programs like diversity awareness, after school activities, and the arts, we aspire to help youth build their foundation for success in school and in life."

This quarter's grant recipients are:

  • Access Books in Los Angeles, CA--The Books for Inner-City School Libraries program builds inner-city school libraries, providing enjoyable reading materials to inner city students to encourage literacy and learning.


  • Bottom Line in Jamaica Plain, MA--The Road to College Program is a comprehensive approach to inspiring disadvantaged youth to pursue higher education and fulfill their college dreams.


  • Camp Fire USA in Dallas, TX--The Teen in Action program teaches valuable job and life skills for participants to reach their full potential.


  • Committee for Hispanic Children and Families in New York, NY-- Through the Family Literacy program, students and their parents work together to help young children succeed in school.


  • Computer Mentors in Tampa, FL--Provides in-home information access and programs for kids to enable their success in school and future careers.


  • Fenway High School Fund in Boston, MA--The Fenway Ventures Program helps high school students develop an entrepreneurial spirit and communications skills to be successful in life and future careers.


  • InsideOut Literary Arts Project in Grosse Point, MI--Engages children in the enjoyment and power of reading and writing through professional writers who introduce students to various forms of creative expression.


  • Jimmy Fund/Dana Farber Cancer Institute School Partnerships Program in Boston, MA--The internship and mentoring program for youth enhances students' educational experiences and boosts career opportunities in medical research, nursing, biotechnology and healthcare-related fields.


  • Learning for Life in Dallas, TX--This program encourages student involvement through role-playing, small group discussions and moral dilemma exercises with a goal of teaching character and good decision making skills.


  • Mad About Science in Linwood, NJ--The program strives to enlighten the minds of first and second grade minority children by providing positive science experiences through a Hands-on Science program.


  • Mosser Village Family Center in Allentown, PA--The center helps at-risk children and their families through a Homework/Enrichment Program.


  • People & Stores in Trenton, NJ--Program fosters in children a motivation to pursue further educational goals through enhanced reading comprehension, communication and problem solving skills.


  • Proyecto Pastoral in Los Angeles, CA--The IMPACTO after-school enrichment program strengthens parent-school involvement and prepares at-risk youth ages 6-18 for college.


  • Seattle Milk Fund in Seattle, WA--Organization provides low-income families in the Seattle area with educational resources and opportunities.


  • STEAM-Asheville, Inc. in Asheville, NC--The after-school program for teens offers homework assistance, tutoring, incentive-based learning and community service projects to reduce school dropouts and encourage participants to realize their potential.


  • St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, TN--The Behavioral Medicine Division program helps brighten children's spirits and encourage play and enrichment activities through tutoring activities and special events.


  • Urban Peak Colorado Springs- Colorado Springs, CO--Program promotes youth development by providing support, structure and opportunities necessary to achieve stability, independence and self-sufficiency.


  • Very Special Arts in Sacramento, CA--This program pairs professional artists with special education students, utilizing art as a vehicle for learning and growth experiences.


  • Wave Hill in Bronx, NY--The Forest Project Summer Collaborative encourages young people to become stakeholders in the environment.


  • Workforce Development Board in Sedalia, MO--Provides tutoring and school supplies to students with financial burdens related to destruction caused by the May, 4, 2003 tornadoes.
About Staples Foundation for Learning

Launched in August of 2002, Staples Foundation for Learning, Inc. is a private foundation created by Staples Inc. to provide funding to charitable programs that support or provide job training or educational opportunities to all people, with a special emphasis on disadvantaged youth. To date, Staples Foundation for Learning has awarded over $1.2 million dollars in grants to non-profit organizations and is a national sponsor of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. For more information about the foundation or how to apply for a grant, please visit www.staplesfoundation.org.

About Staples, Inc.

Staples, Inc. is headquartered outside of Boston and sells a wide range of office products, including supplies, technology, furniture, and business services. With 2002 sales of $11.6 billion, Staples is committed to make buying office products easy. Nearly 58,000 associates serve consumers and businesses of all sizes - from home-based businesses to Fortune 500 companies in the US, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. Staples invented the office superstore concept and today, with approximately 1,500 office superstores, is the largest operator of office superstores in the world. Staples also serves its customers through its mail order catalog, e-commerce and contract businesses. More information is available at http://www.staples.com.

CONTACT: Staples, Inc.
Joy Errico, 508-253-7957
Joy.errico@staples.com

SOURCE: Staples, Inc.