Staples and Katy Perry Help Washington, D.C. Teachers Bring
Learning to Life in Their Classrooms
Help Teachers in Your Community and Enter for a Chance to Win
WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 11, 2016--
Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS) announced that all college and career prep projects
and all literacy projects posted on DonorsChoose.org in Washington D.C.
received full funding as part of Staples’ $1 million donation to
DonorsChoose.org, a charity that has funded more than 700,000 classroom
projects for teachers and has positively affected more than 18 million
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Frank P. Bifulco, Jr., right, executive vice president, global marketing for Staples presents Shanette Covington, 2nd from right, a teacher at Kelly Miller Middle School in Washington, D.C., with a package of school supplies for her students, courtesy of Staples, during WUSA 9’s Great Day Washington with hosts Chris Leary, left, and Markette Sheppard, 2nd left, on Thursday, August 11, 2016 in Washington, DC. Bifulco, Jr., announced that Staples is funding all career & college prep and all middle and high school literacy projects posted by teachers in Washington, D.C. on DonorsChoose.org, totaling $117,795. (Photo: Business Wire)
As part of the Staples
for Students program, Staples and Katy Perry continue to help
teachers across the country this back-to-school season. Staples funded
the balance of every college and career prep project and every literacy
project listed on DonorsChoose.org in Washington D.C. With a donation of
$117,795, Staples helped 103 teachers make more happen in local
classrooms, impacting more than 8,000 students across 58 schools in the
For example, Ms. Covington at Kelly Miller Middle School will receive a
laptop, digital voice recorder and digital camera to write and publish
manuscripts. These tools will help her students build literacy and
language skills to establish themselves as authors and entrepreneurs.
These new tools will allow students to transcribe interviews and edit
manuscripts on the go, record interviews and document the sequence of
Katy Perry said, “When I teamed up with Staples in 2014, I learned
firsthand how desperately teachers need our support, with many of them
having to dig into their own pockets to provide simple tools that we
would expect to already be available in our classrooms. So when Staples
approached me again this year, I jumped at the opportunity because I saw
the lasting effect our collaboration had on DonorsChoose.org and
thousands of teachers and students. I believe in education as the
foundation for a great life, so I want to make sure that students across
the country are inspired by their teachers and are afforded opportunity
to realize their dreams.”
Driven by insight from the Education Market Association that an
estimated 99.5 percent of all public school teachers’ use their own
money to equip their classrooms, Staples takes great pride in helping to
alleviate some of the pressure placed upon teachers.
“We’re overjoyed to partner with Katy Perry again to highlight the
impact teachers have on our children’s lives and the need to support
classrooms,” said Frank P. Bifulco, Jr., executive vice president global
marketing, Staples. “Knowing that teachers spend an average of more than
$400 per year from their own pockets to better prepare their classrooms,
Staples is committed to supporting DonorsChoose.org in order to help
teachers and contribute to a fulfilling learning experience.”
Katy Perry and Staples have also collaborated to create a public
service announcement that is currently airing nationwide, further
increasing visibility around the need to celebrate and support teachers.
“We’re so thankful for the continued support from Staples and its loyal
customers, as well as Katy Perry, which has helped bring classroom
dreams to life for countless teachers and students nationwide,” said
Charles Best, founder of DonorsChoose.org. “Staples’ million dollar
donation to DonorsChoose.org will go a long way to helping educators
across the country, like those supported today in D.C.”
Donate in Stores or Snap to Help Local Teachers
Perry has been helping Staples raise awareness of how easy it is to
support teachers by making a $1 donation either in stores or online at www.StaplesForStudents.com,
with proceeds funding DonorsChoose.org projects. Beginning in early
August, every customer who donates in-store will receive a free,
exclusive Katy Perry pencil, while supplies last.
Washington, D.C. residents can secure more donations for their local
classrooms by using the Staples for Students Snapchat Geofilter.
Beginning August 11th and running through August 12th,
every use of the Staples for Students Snapchat Geofilter will trigger a
$1 donation (up to $5,000) from Staples to be used towards Washington
D.C. classroom projects on DonorsChoose.org. The Geofilter will be
available for use in the Staples store located at 1250 H Street N.W. and
in the surrounding area.
Sponsored Geofilters allow brands to take part in Snaps sent between
friends on Snapchat – a platform used by over 100 million people each
day. When Snapchatters take a Snap in a certain area, they’ll be able to
see a Geofilter and use it to explain where, when and why they took the
Win a $50,000 Scholarship and Chance to Meet
Now through September 10, 2016, fans who
spend $25 or more in any Staples store will receive a unique entry code
on their receipt to enter the sweepstakes online at www.StaplesForStudents.com.
One grand prize winner will win a $50,000 scholarship plus a trip for
two to Los Angeles to meet global pop music star, Katy Perry. Four first
prize winners and one guest each will also win air travel to Los Angeles
and accommodations for two nights to meet Katy Perry at the VIP Winners
Entries must be submitted before September 10, 2016 at 11:59 PM ET.
Entrants must be 13 years or older. Visit www.StaplesForStudents.com
for official rules.
About Staples, Inc.
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.
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 for Students
has a long history of supporting students, teachers and classrooms.
Staples for Students is an ongoing program that helps students and
teachers with the school supplies and essential items needed to achieve
success in education. The Staples for Students campaign has included
school supply drives, support for teachers in classrooms, donations for
education projects, classroom initiatives such as Designed by Students,
and the sale of products that give back to communities and classrooms in
in 2000, DonorsChoose.org makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom
in need. Teachers at over 70 percent of all the public schools in
America have created project requests, and more than 2 million people
have donated over $425 million to projects that inspire them. Over 18
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.
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