FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 22, 2003--Staples
Foundation for Learning (SFFL), a private foundation created by
Staples, Inc., (Nasdaq: SPLS) today announced it is awarding grants to
support programs for disadvantaged youth at 14 non-profit
organizations. From technology training to interactive arts education
instruction, grants will help children reach their full potential in
school and beyond.
"Staples Foundation for Learning supports programs that go the
extra mile in helping our youth nationwide be successful in life,"
said Ron Sargent, president of Staples Foundation for Learning and
president and CEO of Staples, Inc. "We are pleased to provide grants
to 14 exemplary organizations that provide children opportunities to
achieve beyond their imagination."
This quarter's grant recipients are:
- Boston Partners in Education, Boston, MA--- Book Pals brings
together middle and high school students with Boston's second
graders for mentoring and literacy activities. Funds from SFFL
will sponsor the Book Pals program at two school sites.
- Boys & Girls Clubs of Metrowest, Marlboro, MA--- The CyberArts
Technology After-School Program gives club members access to
real-world computer skills and training.
- Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX--- The K-12 Art-based
Education Programs provide hands-on arts education and field
trips to students who have difficulty learning in the
traditional school setting.
- Earth Day Coalition, Cleveland, OH--- The Student
Environmental Congress educates, unites, and involves urban
and suburban high schools in their communities through
educationally based environmental projects.
- Family Resources of Rutherford County, Forest City, NC--- The
New Choices/MotherLearn programs teach literacy skills to teen
mothers who have dropped out of school.
- Hibiscus Children's Foundation, Vero Beach, FL--- The Hibiscus
Children's Village provides a safe overnight haven for abused
and neglected children.
- Juma Ventures, San Francisco, CA--- The Business Training
Program offers progressive education in a wide range of
interpersonal, leadership and job skills for teenagers in the
context of real-world businesses.
- Junior Achievement of West Virginia, Charleston, WV--- Junior
Achievement's school-based programs provide mentors for
classrooms to teach students entrepreneurial values.
- K 12 Gallery for Young People, Dayton, OH--- The Artists in
Training Program works with at-risk high-school students to
provide intensive studio work for children after-school and on
- The Keystone School, Concord, CA--- The ACCESS Program gives
students with Asperger's Syndrome lessons in pragmatic
language and socialization skills to build student confidence
and prepare them for practical life experiences.
- MetroWest YMCA, Framingham, MA--- Citizen Schools is a
curriculum-based after-school education program for middle
- Salt Lake Art Center, Salt Lake City, UT--- KidsmART and
KidsmART Road Homes offer instruction in the visual arts for
homeless and low-income elementary school students.
- Teach Baltimore, Baltimore, MD--- Funds from SFFL will support
a broad range of programs that send children back to school
ready to learn and National Summer Learning Day, an event
designed to focus attention on the issue of summer learning
- THINK Together, Santa Ana, CA--- The Literacy Coach Program is
a literacy development intervention program for English
Language Learner students in Santa Ana.
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 almost $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.