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Grassroots Educational Programs Benefit from Staples Foundation for Learning; Grants Will Support After-school and Job Skills Training Programs for Children

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 22, 2003--Staples Foundation for Learning (SFFL), a private foundation created by Staples, Inc., (Nasdaq: SPLS) today announced it is awarding grants to support programs for disadvantaged youth at 14 non-profit organizations. From technology training to interactive arts education instruction, grants will help children reach their full potential in school and beyond.

"Staples Foundation for Learning supports programs that go the extra mile in helping our youth nationwide be successful in life," said Ron Sargent, president of Staples Foundation for Learning and president and CEO of Staples, Inc. "We are pleased to provide grants to 14 exemplary organizations that provide children opportunities to achieve beyond their imagination."

This quarter's grant recipients are:

  • Boston Partners in Education, Boston, MA--- Book Pals brings together middle and high school students with Boston's second graders for mentoring and literacy activities. Funds from SFFL will sponsor the Book Pals program at two school sites.


  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Metrowest, Marlboro, MA--- The CyberArts Technology After-School Program gives club members access to real-world computer skills and training.


  • Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX--- The K-12 Art-based Education Programs provide hands-on arts education and field trips to students who have difficulty learning in the traditional school setting.


  • Earth Day Coalition, Cleveland, OH--- The Student Environmental Congress educates, unites, and involves urban and suburban high schools in their communities through educationally based environmental projects.


  • Family Resources of Rutherford County, Forest City, NC--- The New Choices/MotherLearn programs teach literacy skills to teen mothers who have dropped out of school.


  • Hibiscus Children's Foundation, Vero Beach, FL--- The Hibiscus Children's Village provides a safe overnight haven for abused and neglected children.


  • Juma Ventures, San Francisco, CA--- The Business Training Program offers progressive education in a wide range of interpersonal, leadership and job skills for teenagers in the context of real-world businesses.


  • Junior Achievement of West Virginia, Charleston, WV--- Junior Achievement's school-based programs provide mentors for classrooms to teach students entrepreneurial values.


  • K 12 Gallery for Young People, Dayton, OH--- The Artists in Training Program works with at-risk high-school students to provide intensive studio work for children after-school and on weekends.


  • The Keystone School, Concord, CA--- The ACCESS Program gives students with Asperger's Syndrome lessons in pragmatic language and socialization skills to build student confidence and prepare them for practical life experiences.


  • MetroWest YMCA, Framingham, MA--- Citizen Schools is a curriculum-based after-school education program for middle school students.


  • Salt Lake Art Center, Salt Lake City, UT--- KidsmART and KidsmART Road Homes offer instruction in the visual arts for homeless and low-income elementary school students.


  • Teach Baltimore, Baltimore, MD--- Funds from SFFL will support a broad range of programs that send children back to school ready to learn and National Summer Learning Day, an event designed to focus attention on the issue of summer learning loss.


  • THINK Together, Santa Ana, CA--- The Literacy Coach Program is a literacy development intervention program for English Language Learner students in Santa Ana.

About Staples Foundation for Learning

Launched in August of 2002, Staples Foundation for Learning, Inc. is a private foundation created by Staples Inc. to provide funding to charitable programs that support or provide job training or educational opportunities to all people, with a special emphasis on disadvantaged youth. To date, Staples Foundation for Learning has awarded almost $2 million dollars in grants to non-profit organizations and is a national sponsor of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. For more information about the foundation or how to apply for a grant, please visit www.staplesfoundation.org.

About Staples, Inc.

Staples, Inc. is headquartered outside of Boston and sells a wide range of office products, including supplies, technology, furniture, and business services. With 2002 sales of $11.6 billion, Staples is committed to make buying office products easy. Nearly 58,000 associates serve consumers and businesses of all sizes - from home-based businesses to Fortune 500 companies in the US, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. Staples invented the office superstore concept and today, with approximately 1,500 office superstores, is the largest operator of office superstores in the world. Staples also serves its customers through its mail order catalog, e-commerce and contract businesses. More information is available at http://www.staples.com.

CONTACT: Staples, Inc.
Joy Errico, 508-253-7957
Joy.errico@staples.com

SOURCE: Staples, Inc.