Staples Supports Local Music Teachers by donating 375
DonorsChoose.org gift cards
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. & LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sep. 18, 2014--
Staples (NASDAQ: SPLS) and global pop music superstar Katy Perry
continue to “Make Roar Happen” in Los Angeles today by announcing that
375 Los Angeles Unified School District credentialed music teachers will
each receive a $1,000 DonorsChoose.org gift card that enables music
teachers to create their own custom lesson plan for students.
This Staples donation marks the first time teachers will have the
opportunity to create a custom music program with guaranteed, immediate
funding through DonorsChoose.org.
DonorsChoose.org is a crowd-funded nonprofit that allows teachers to
submit requests for classroom materials and experiences. To date, over 1
million donors have helped fund over 450,000 classroom projects on
DonorsChoose.org, benefiting more than 11 million students.
“Staples and Katy Perry have provided tremendous support for classrooms
across the country through their ‘Make Roar Happen’ partnership with
DonorsChoose.org,” said Charles Best, Founder and CEO, DonorsChoose.org.
"Thanks to Staples and Katy Perry, Los Angeles music teachers have the
opportunity to transform their classrooms with new instruments, sheet
music, and other resources that will inspire the city’s young musicians.”
“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 which includes the
$375,000 donation for Los Angeles United School District music teachers
“We are so thrilled to have Katy Perry supporting ‘Make Roar Happen’ and
look forward to working together with DonorsChoose.org to ensure that
Los Angeles music teachers have the tools they need to create a unique
music plan,” 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
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.
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.
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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.
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