This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own.
I love companies that give back so it’s been great partnering with Staples this year to help share about their Staples for Students program. Staples, with their partner Katy Perry, teamed up to help hundreds of teachers and schools by fulfilling $1 million in classroom projects through the non-profit organization DonorsChoose.org. Their donation 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.
This year Staples was able to fulfill 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.
Superstar singer Katy Perry said that teaming up with Staples taught her “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”. Perry also says that she is “delighted” that their efforts have “helped pave the way for students to realize their dreams”.
In addition to donations, Katy Perry and Staples were giving away a $50,000 scholarship. That grand prize winner was just announced yesterday, October 13th when Katy Perry presented Patricia O’Keefe and her son Matthew from Deep River, Conn. with a $50,000 scholarship at a Winners VIP Celebration in Los Angeles. 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.
This program has really done amazing things in the community. Thank you to all who have helped make this campaign a success by making donations online or in store. The donations made this year will have lasting impacts on the classrooms that they helped!
9 thoughts on “Over A Million Dollars In Donations To Schools”
Teachers shouldn’t have to pay out of their own pocket to supply their students with what they need. It’s great what Staples and Katy Perry have accomplished.
It’s great that Staples is helping with such a worthy cause. I have friends who are teachers, so I see how much of their personal income (as little as it is) goes back into their classrooms.
It’s hard to imagine classrooms just being adequately prepared for the school year, but without enough funding it happens. It’s wonderful Staples has made such an impact for our children.
We love to shop at Staples for all out school and office supplies. They have a great tech support department. This is such a great cause.
Staples always has everything I need for school, work & home. We shop there all the time. I love the campaigns they are running to help stock up classrooms. That is awesome!
Wow! I’ve always favored Staples but no so even more. They’ve gone above and beyond with this campaign. I’m over the top impressed!
I love this campaign! I shop at Staples a lot because I live near one. It always makes me feel good that I am supporting a company that does so much good.
That is amazing, love to hear big companies and stars joining in campaigns like this.
My nieces are both teachers. They would surely benefit from this terrific program