More Than 780 Teachers and 98,000 Students Impacted by Donation to
FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 14, 2016--
Staples (NASDAQ: SPLS) and global superstar Katy Perry teamed up and
helped hundreds of teachers bring learning to life through the 2016
Staples for Students program, which fulfilled $1 million in classroom
projects through the non-profit organization DonorsChoose.org.
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Global superstar Katy Perry attends the Staples for Students Winners VIP Celebration on Thurs., Oct. 13, 2016, in Los Angeles. One grand prize winner received a $50,000 scholarship, as well as a trip to Los Angeles with a guest to meet Perry plus four first place winners also won the trip. In April, as part of the Staples for Students program, Staples partnered with Perry to announce a $1 million donation to DonorsChoose.org. As a result, Staples fulfilled 1,072 classroom projects on DonorsChoose.org, providing 787 teachers in 402 schools with their classroom needs, and impacting 98,609 students across the country. Additionally, Staples customers donated more than $330,000 to DonorsChoose.org at Staples stores and at www.StaplesForStudents.com throughout the back-to-school season. (Casey Rodgers/AP Images for Staples)
In April, Staples announced a $1 million donation to DonorsChoose.org, a
charity that has funded more than 800,000 classroom projects for
teachers and has positively affected more than 20 million students
across the country. As a result, Staples fulfilled 1,072 classroom
projects across the country, providing 787 teachers in 402 schools with
their classroom needs, and impacting 98,609 students.
Additionally, Staples customers nationwide donated more than $330,000 to
DonorsChoose.org at Staples stores and www.StaplesForStudents.com
in the lead-up to back-to-school season.
“We’re grateful to our customers and thank them for donating to the
Staples for Students campaign, which helps teachers and classrooms
across the country through DonorsChoose.org,” said Frank P. Bifulco,
Jr., executive vice president global marketing, Staples. “It was a
pleasure to once again team up with Katy Perry to raise awareness around
this important cause and to help teachers bring learning to life for
The program was driven by a statistic from the Education Market
Association that an estimated 99.5 percent of all public school teachers
use their own money to equip their classrooms, frequently at a cost of
more than $400 per year.
“Teaming up with Staples in 2014 taught me firsthand how important it is
to support our nation’s teachers, and how often they are forced to dig
into their own pockets to provide even the most basic school supplies
for their students,” said Katy Perry. “It was an honor to be able to
work with Staples and DonorsChoose.org again this year, and I am
delighted that our efforts have helped pave the way for students to
realize their dreams.”
“We’re so grateful for Staples' continued partnership in helping
teachers and students to succeed, as well as for the support of its
loyal customers and Katy Perry,” said Charles Best, founder of DonorsChoose.org.
“This year marks the third time that we’ve worked with Staples to help
teachers make more happen, and we’ve again heard directly from teachers
that Staples and DonorsChoose.org have
made a lasting impact on their classrooms."
$50,000 Scholarship Winner
Katy Perry presented the grand prize winner of the Staples for Students
Sweepstakes, Patricia O’Keefe and her son Matthew, Deep River, Conn.,
with a $50,000 scholarship at a Winners VIP Celebration in Los Angeles
on October 13th. Matthew is a senior in high school and is
currently applying to colleges for enrollment in fall 2017. Four lucky
first prize winners and one guest each also joined the celebration and
met Katy Perry.
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.
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 by a Bronx history teacher, DonorsChoose.org has raised more
than $470 million for America's classrooms. Teachers come to
DonorsChoose.org to request the materials and experiences they need most
for their classrooms, and donors give to the projects that inspire them.
More than 2 million people and partners have funded 800,000 projects on
the site, reaching 20 million students and making DonorsChoose.org the
leading platform for supporting U.S. public schools. DonorsChoose.org is
the only crowdfunding platform that vets each request, delivers
materials directly to schools, and captures the impact of every funded
project with photos, thank yous, and a cost report showing how each
dollar was spent. In 2014, DonorsChoose.org made the top 10 of Fast
Company’s list of the World's
Most Innovative Companies, the first time a charity has received
such recognition. Learn more at www.donorschoose.org.
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Carrie McElwee, 508-253-1405