|Staples Answers Governor Engler's Call; Employees Roll Up Sleeves to Assist Region's Schools|
|DETROIT--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 11, 1999-- The partnership between Staples and Junior Achievement of Southeastern Michigan is now in full swing as 50 high school classes participating in the program will come to session by next week. In line with Governor John Engler's comments about education last month,
Staples' stores, its associates and some of its small business
customers have teamed up with Junior Achievement. The Staples/JA
partnership will match 14 participating Staples retail stores with
local high schools, and will afford students a unique chance to get a
first-hand look at how a retail operation works when each class of
students visits their mentor Staples store.
"My number one priority as Governor is that young people from Michigan ... are prepared to go directly into the workforce ... or become entrepreneurs who will build the new businesses of the next century," said Engler at the Detroit Economic Club luncheon on February 8. Engler stressed that companies can provide more than just financial support to aid in the educational and job training process, by serving the role of a mentor. "I think what Staples announced today ... is very good."
"The entrepreneurial spirit represented by this JA curriculum is something I encourage within Staples and what we want to foster in the communities in which we do business," said Staples' Chairman and CEO, Tom Stemberg, who announced the program at the luncheon.
The JA Connections curriculum, taught by community volunteers, is designed to give high school freshmen and sophomores interpersonal skills necessary to succeed in the workplace. In addition to funding the JA Connections classes, Staples has recruited 30 classroom volunteers, including its area store general managers and regional district managers. Staples is also proud to partner with its local small-business customers such as J. deKoven Phelps, managing consultant of 2Innovative Internet consultants of Ypsilanti, Mich., and Les Alexander of T/J Technologies of Ann Arbor, Mich., who will be volunteering in JA Connections classes this semester.
Bill Laimbeer, Jr., retired Detroit Piston star, will serve as program spokesman, and will address some of the class sessions to be held in Staples stores. "As a Michigan employer, I know how important it is for high school students to have this type of training before they enter the workplace."
In addition to the eight-week-long series of classes in each school, all JA Connections class-rooms will be invited to participate in field trips to local Staples stores. Laimbeer, a successful business owner himself, will address the students at the Rochester Hills and Farmington Hills superstores. The students will learn retailing, interpersonal skills, employee relations and marketing in their classes and these field trips will reinforce those lessons.
The 50 Connections classes will be partnered with 14 Staples
stores in the following communities:
Ann Arbor Staples Willow Run High Saline High Brighton Staples Brighton High Chesterfield Township Staples Mount Clemens High Clawson Staples Clawson High Commerce Township Staples Walled Lake Central Dearborn Staples Dearborn High School Farmington Hills Staples Southfield Lathrup Harrison High Grosse Pointe Staples Grosse Pointe South High Monroe Staples Monroe High School Rochester Hills Staples Rochester Hills Bloomfield Hills Alternative Roseville Staples Roseville High Sterling Heights Staples Stevenson High Taylor Staples Truman High Westland Staples John Glenn High
Junior Achievement of Southeastern Michigan trains volunteers and provides them with classroom materials and lesson plans to teach business, economics and life-skills lessons to 3,000 Kindergarten through 12th grade classes throughout the ten-county area each school year. Nationally, JA reached more than 3.1 million students last school year and another one million in 103 other countries.
Staples operates 30 superstores in Michigan, including the Farmington Hills store which was the first to open in southeastern Michigan in 1995, and is an active participant in business and education in those communities.
Staples, Inc. is a $7 billion retailer of office supplies,
furniture and technology to consumers and business, from home-based
businesses to Fortune 50 companies in the United States, Canada, the
United Kingdom and Germany. Headquartered outside Boston, Staples
invented the office superstore concept and today is the largest
operator of office superstores in the world. The company has more than
37,000 employees serving customers through more than 915 office
superstores, mail order catalogs, an e-commerce site and contract
business. More information about the company can be found at
CONTACT: Junior Achievement of Southeastern Michigan Christine Long, 313-962-0592 or Staples Public Relations Christina Erridge, 508-424-7375