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This back to school season, as part of the 2016 Staples for Students program, Staples and famous superstar Katy Perry partnered to fulfill $1 million in classroom projects through the non-profit organization DonorsChoose.org, which has funded more than 700,000 classroom projects affecting more than 18 million students across the US. According to a statistic from the Education Market Association, an estimated 99.5 percent of all public school teachers use their own money to fund their classroom. It was this key finding that drove the Staples for Students program this summer. In total, Staples for Students fulfilled 1,072 classroom projects, helping a total of 787 teachers and 98,609 students, in 402 schools. In addition to the $1 million donation, Staples customers throughout the US donated more than $330,000 to DonorsChoose.org at Staples stores and online at www.StaplesForStudents.com.
“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.”
“Staples is a dedicated supporter of education nationwide, and we’re so grateful for its 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 and CEO, 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.”
In addition, as part of the program, Katy Perry presented Patricia O’Keefe and her son Matthew, from Deep River, Conn, the grand prize winners of the Staples for Students Sweepstakes, 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 across the U.S. for enrollment in fall 2017. They were also joined by Staples’ first prize winners (along with one guest each).
Anyone interested in funding classroom projects can check out DonorsChoose.org at any time to find a project to fund.