As part of Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Summer Brain Gain
program, hundreds of Staples employees are reading to local youth to
help combat summer learning loss
ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jul. 13, 2016--
Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS) and Boys & Girls Clubs of America are teaming up
this summer to help prevent summer learning loss for thousands of kids
and teens. To celebrate National Summer Learning Day on July 14th,
over 150 Staples volunteers in 17 communities including Boston, New
York, and Denver, will participate in one-to-one or group reading
sessions with local youth.
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On July 12, Framingham headquarters Staples associate Eileen Krouse paired up with Aaliya from the Boys & Girls Club of Metrowest in Marlborough, MA to read in celebration of National Summer Learning Day. The event was part of Staples' national support of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America's Summer Brain Gain program to help prevent summer learning loss. More than 150 Staples employees are volunteering to read at Clubs in 17 U.S. cities to help instill a love of learning in youth and ensure they are on track for the coming school year (photo credit: Staples).
Each summer in America, an estimated 43 million children miss out on
expanded learning opportunities that could prevent them from falling
behind in school. To help kids stay on track and graduate from high
school on time, Boys & Girls Clubs of America developed Summer Brain
Gain – a learning loss prevention program – to keep youth learning over
the summer months in a fun, hands-on way. While the average student
loses approximately one month of learning, the average Summer Brain Gain
participants did not.
Supporting the Summer Brain Gain program for the third year, Staples
increased its efforts through a book drive earlier this year with
Staples locations in more than 40 cities collecting over 8,800 books for
their local Club. To honor National Summer Learning Day, over 150
Staples volunteers will visit a local Boys & Girls Club to help
reinforce a passion for reading and be positive role models for Club
“Staples and its associates are passionate about improving education and
providing our nation’s youth with resources they need to succeed,” said
John Burke, Chief Culture Officer, Staples. “By partnering with Boys &
Girls Clubs of America, we’re helping ensure Club kids and teens stay on
track for the coming school year.”
Staples has proudly supported Boys & Girls Clubs of America since 2002.
During that time, Staples Foundation has committed more than $10 million
dollars in grant support for their programs. Staples also provides
incremental support to BGCA through other channels, including product
donations and volunteers.
"Summer learning loss can have a detrimental impact on our youth,
causing kids and teens to fall behind, endangering their chances of
graduation and a path to future success," said Edwin Link, National Vice
President of Educational Foundations & Academic Innovation with Boys &
Girls Clubs of America. "Boys & Girls Clubs of America is committed to
ensuring America’s kids and teens graduate from high school on time,
college or career ready. Thanks to Staples, this summer we’re helping
impact even more youth at thousands of Clubs around the country.”
About Staples, Inc.
Staples retail stores and Staples.com help small business customers make
more happen by providing a broad assortment of products, expanded
business services and easy ways to shop, all backed with a lowest price
offers businesses the convenience to shop and buy how and when they want
- in store, online, via mobile or though social apps. Staples.com
customers can either buy online and pick-up in store or ship for free
from Staples.com with Staples Rewards minimum purchase. Expanded
services also make it easy for businesses to succeed with in-store
Business Centers featuring shipping services and products, copying,
scanning, faxing and computer work stations, Tech Services, full-service
Print & Marketing Services, Staples Merchant Services, small business
lending and credit services.
Staples Business Advantage, the business-to-business division of
Staples, Inc., helps mid-market, commercial and enterprise-sized
customers make more happen by offering a curated assortment of products
and services combined with deep expertise, best-in-class customer
service, competitive pricing and state-of-the-art ecommerce site.
Staples Business Advantage is the one-source solution for all things
businesses need to succeed, including office supplies, facilities
cleaning and maintenance, breakroom snacks and beverages, technology,
furniture, interior design and Print & Marketing Services. Headquartered
outside of Boston, Staples, Inc. operates throughout North and South
America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. More information about
Staples (NASDAQ: SPLS) is available at www.staples.com.
About Staples Community and Giving
Staples contributes to educational and job-related community efforts
with a primary focus on disadvantaged youth, from literacy and mentoring
to career skills development, through in-kind and monetary donations and
grants from Staples Foundation, the private charitable arm of Staples,
Inc. Through its community and giving efforts, Staples has helped
thousands of organizations in 26 countries. For more information, visit http://www.staples.com/community.
About Boys & Girls Clubs of America
For more than 150 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (GreatFutures.org)
has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as
productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, more than 4,100 Clubs
serve nearly 4 million young people annually through Club membership and
community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing
and on Native lands throughout the country, and serve military families
in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations
worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun,
friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis
during critical non-school hours. Priority programs emphasize academic
success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a
Harris Survey of alumni, 54 percent said the Club saved their lives.
National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at bgca.org/facebook and bgca.org/twitter.
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Source: Staples, Inc.
Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Sara Leutzinger, 404-487-5624
Stephanie Hunt, 508-253-2045