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Staples, Madison Pettis and ABC7 Eyewitness News reporter Elex Michaelson Support Los Angeles Unified School Teachers with Think It Up™

Staples Gives 115 Public School Teachers the Supplies They Need through DonorsChoose.org

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. & LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 26, 2015-- Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS) announced that it funded 135 local classroom projects in Los Angeles, as part of its recent $10 million pledge to Think it Up™, a new national initiative of the Entertainment Industry Foundation that seeks to inaugurate a new movement in support of students, teachers and schools, helping to create a culture of excitement about learning everywhere in America. This fall, Think It Up, in partnership with DonorsChoose.org, will launch a platform to fund student-powered, teacher-led learning projects in classrooms across the country.

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Actress Madison Pettis, center, poses with students and teacher from Apex Academy in Los Angeles at  ...

Actress Madison Pettis, center, poses with students and teacher from Apex Academy in Los Angeles at the Staples "Think It Up" press conference held on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. Staples continued its commitment to education by flash funding 135 local classroom projects in Los Angeles, as part of its donation to Think it Up, a new national initiative of the Entertainment Industry Foundation in partnership with DonorsChoose.org. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision for Staples/AP Images)

Madison Pettis, actress and Think It Up ambassador, attended the announcement in support of Los Angeles’s students and teachers. “As a Senior in high school I know first-hand how important it is for kids to be passionate about what they’re learning. That’s why I’m excited to work with Think It Up and Staples on funding these student-powered, teacher-led projects.”

ABC7 Eyewitness News reporter Elex Michaelson is a native of Southern California and a proud graduate of USC. He is actively involved in the L.A. community and is especially proud to support students and educators in Los Angeles with Think It Up. "Educating our kids is the most important thing we do as a society and every kid deserves the tools to learn. I couldn't be prouder to be associated with this important work."

Since its founding in 2000, DonorsChoose.org has helped fund more than 236,000 classroom projects for teachers and impacted more than 14 million students. Today, in Los Angeles, Staples fully funded every 9th-12th grade project on DonorsChoose.org in the Los Angeles Unified School District. More than $130,000 was donated to help 115 teachers fulfill classroom needs and helped 17,368 students across 71 schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

“We’re thrilled to fund all of the projects in the Los Angeles Unified School District and to work with the Entertainment Industry Foundation’s Think It Up initiative and DonorsChoose.org to ensure classrooms have the supplies and resources they need,” said Alison Corcoran, senior vice president, North American stores and online, Staples. “Through our Staples for Students program, we’re proud to build on our rich history of supporting education with our $10 million pledge that will make a difference in America’s classrooms.”

A recent survey conducted by Staples found almost three-quarters of parents agree that teachers in their communities inspire their students. Additionally, the survey revealed that 76% agree that a lack of school supplies is a significant challenge for schools today. Most teachers spend more than $400 of their own money each year to provide supplies and materials for their classrooms.

"We are so grateful to Staples for their support of teachers and students through Think It Up," said Charles Best, founder and CEO of DonorsChoose.org. "Their incredible gesture today will ensure that Los Angeles teachers won't have to dig as deep into their own pockets to pay for classroom supplies, and that students will have the materials they need to start the school year right.”

The flash funding in Los Angeles is part of Staples’ $10 million pledge to Think It Up which will inspire students to pursue their passions by working on collaborative learning projects. To help support the Think It Up movement, customers can donate one dollar at a Staples store near them or visit www.thinkitup.org to learn more.

“EIF is truly grateful to Staples for joining Think It Up as its lead corporate donor, and helping the Los Angeles Unified School District get the school year off to a terrific start illustrates how deeply committed the company is to ensuring students and teachers have what they need to create learning experiences that make a genuine impact and prepare students for future success,” said Lisa Paulsen, President and CEO of the Entertainment Industry Foundation.

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 break room 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 in North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. More information about Staples (SPLS) is available at www.staples.com.

About Staples for Students
Staples has a long history of supporting students, teachers and classrooms. Staples for Students is an ongoing campaign that helps students and teachers with the school supplies and essential items needed for a successful education. The Staples for Students campaign includes school supply donations, support for teachers in classrooms, donations for education projects, classroom initiatives and the sale of products that give back to communities and classrooms in need.

About DonorsChoose.org
Founded 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 $330 million to projects that inspire them. All told, over 14 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.

About The Entertainment Industry Foundation
The Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), established in 1942, harnesses the collective power of the entire industry to generate awareness and funds for critical health, educational and social issues. Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), EIF’s largest initiative, helps accelerate the pace of research to get new therapies to patients quickly. Since its founding seven years ago, SU2C has launched 16 collaborative “Dream Teams” comprising over 940 scientists from 123 leading institutions around the world. That research, including 151 planned, initiated or completed clinical trials, has led to Food and Drug Administration approval of two new treatments. In just 15 months, Hunger Is, EIF’s collaboration with The Safeway Foundation, has significantly raised awareness of childhood hunger in the United States and over $10 Million to support breakfast, afterschool and out-of-school meal programs.

Source: Staples, Inc.

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