Staples and Vanessa Williams Support New York City Public School Teachers with Think It Up™

Staples Gives 132 Public School Teachers the Supplies They Need

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. & NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS) announced that it funded 176 local
classroom projects in New York City, as part of its recent $10 million
pledge to Think It Up™, a new national initiative of
the Entertainment Industry Foundation that seeks to inaugurate a new
movement in support of students, teachers and schools, helping to create
a culture of excitement about learning everywhere in America. This fall, Think
It Up
, in partnership with, will launch a
platform to fund student-powered, teacher-led learning projects in
classrooms across the country.

Actress and Think It Up ambassador Vanessa Williams
attended the announcement in support of New York City’s students and
teachers. “Both of my parents were teachers, so I’ve seen firsthand how
much teachers give to help their students achieve success,” Williams
said. “I’m thrilled that Think It Up, together with and Staples, is taking this opportunity to give back to
the teachers of New York City Public Schools and all of the students
whose lives they will impact this school year.”

Since its founding in 2000, has helped fund more than
236,000 classroom projects for teachers and impacted more than 14
million students. Today, in New York, Staples fully funded every 9th-12th grade
project on in New York City Public Schools. More than
$173,000 was donated to help 132 teachers fulfill classroom needs and
helped 25,858 students across 93 schools in New York City Public Schools.

“We’re thrilled to fund all of the 9th-12th grade
projects in New York City Public Schools and to work with the
Entertainment Industry Foundation’s Think It Up initiative
and to ensure classrooms have the supplies and
resources they need,” said Alison Corcoran, senior vice president, North
American stores and online, Staples. “Through our Staples for Students
program, we’re proud to build on our rich history of supporting
education with our $10 million pledge to Think It Up that
will make a difference in America’s classrooms.”

A recent survey conducted by Staples found almost three-quarters of
parents agree that teachers in their communities inspire their students.
Additionally, the survey revealed that 76 percent agree that a lack of
school supplies is a significant challenge for schools today. Most
teachers spend more than $400 of their own money each year to provide
supplies and materials for their classrooms.

“We are so grateful to Staples for their support of teachers and
students through Think It Up,” said Charles Best,
founder and CEO of “Their incredible gesture today
will ensure that New York City teachers won’t have to dig as deep into
their own pockets to pay for classroom supplies, and that students will
have the materials they need to start the school year right.”

The flash funding in New York is part of Staples’ $10 million pledge to Think
It Up
 which will inspire students to pursue their passions by
working on collaborative learning projects. To help support the Think
It Up
 movement, customers can donate one dollar at a Staples
store near them or visit to
learn more.

“EIF is truly grateful to Staples for joining Think It Up as
its lead corporate donor, and helping New York City Public Schools get
the school year off to a terrific start illustrates how deeply committed
the company is to ensuring students and teachers have what they need to
create learning experiences that make a genuine impact and prepare
students for future success,” said Lisa Paulsen, President and CEO of
the Entertainment Industry Foundation.

About Staples

Staples makes it easy to make more happen with more products and more
ways to shop. Through its world-class retail, online and delivery
capabilities, Staples lets customers shop however and whenever they
want, whether it’s in-store, online or on mobile devices. Staples offers
more products than ever, such as technology, facilities and break room
supplies, furniture, safety supplies, medical supplies, and Copy and
Print services. Staples also offers free shipping for Staples Rewards
Members, in most cases overnight. Headquartered outside of Boston,
Staples operates in North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and
New Zealand. More information about Staples (SPLS) is available at

About Staples for Students

Staples has a long history of supporting students, teachers and
classrooms. Staples for Students is an ongoing campaign that helps
students and teachers with the school supplies and essential items
needed for a successful education. The Staples for Students campaign
includes school supply donations, support for teachers in classrooms,
donations for education projects, classroom initiatives and the sale of
products that give back to communities and classrooms in need.


Founded in 2000, makes it easy for anyone to help a
classroom in need. At this nonprofit website, teachers at half of all
the public schools in America have created project requests and more
than a million people have donated $330 million to projects that inspire
them. All told, over 14 million students—most from low-income
communities, and many in disaster-stricken areas—have received books,
art supplies, field trips, technology and other resources that they need
to learn.

About The Entertainment Industry Foundation

The Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), established in 1942,
harnesses the collective power of the entire industry to generate
awareness and funds for critical health, educational and social issues.
Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), EIF’s largest initiative, helps accelerate
the pace of research to get new therapies to patients quickly. Since its
founding seven years ago, SU2C has launched 16 collaborative “Dream
Teams” comprising over 940 scientists from 123 leading institutions
around the world. That research, including 151 planned, initiated or
completed clinical trials, has led to Food and Drug Administration
approval of two new treatments. In just 15 months, Hunger Is,
EIF’s collaboration with The Safeway Foundation, has significantly
raised awareness of childhood hunger in the United States and over $10
Million to support breakfast, afterschool and out-of-school meal


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