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:
About Staples Foundation for Learning
- 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
- 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
- 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
- People & Stores in Trenton, NJ--Program fosters in children a
motivation to pursue further educational goals through
enhanced reading comprehension, communication and problem
- 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
- 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
- Very Special Arts in Sacramento, CA--This program pairs
professional artists with special education students,
utilizing art as a vehicle for learning and growth
- 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.
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
CONTACT: Staples, Inc.
Joy Errico, 508-253-7957
SOURCE: Staples, Inc.