DC Schools Served by Surprise Donation from STAPLES

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I love the DC Metro area.

I love our local schools.

I love surprises.

So I am totally in love with the amazing announcement that Staples made this morning.

Staples has made a surprise donation of more than $117,000 to local classroom projects through DonorsChoose.org

All literacy projects and all career and college prep projects that were posted on DonorsChoose.org by teachers in the DC metro area received full funding this morning as part of Staples’ $1 million donation to DonorsChoose.org!

With a donation of $117,795, Staples helped 103 teachers make more happen in our local classrooms, impacting 9,000 students across 58 schools in the community.

For example, Shanette Covington at Kelly Miller Middle School in DC received funding for her project, which will provide a laptop and cameras to help her students build literacy and language skills to establish themselves as authors and entrepreneurs. “Staples’ donation means the world to me and my students. My classroom is all about real-world education, and now my students will have the resources to establish themselves as authors and entrepreneurs, ” said Covington.

DonorsChoose.org is a charity that provides teachers in need of classroom supplies and resources the ability to publicize their project needs online, allowing donors find them and lend a hand. At DonorsChoose.org you can search by need level, which projects are furthest from or closest to being funded, local area, or your own kids’ schools and teachers. DonorsChoose.org has funded more than 700,000 classroom projects for teachers, and has positively affected more than 18 million students across the country.

Staples’ remarkable DC donation is just part of the one million dollars they are committing to provide to help teachers provide the resources they need for their classrooms and thus, our kids.

Donate in Stores or Via Snapchat Filter to Help Local Teachers

You can also help secure additional donations for local classrooms by using the Staples for Students Snapchat Geofilter. Through August 12th, every use of the Geofilter will trigger a $1 donation (up to $5,000) from Staples to be used towards DC classroom projects on DonorsChoose.org. This special Snapchat filter is available for use in the Staples store at 1250 H Street, N.W., and in the surrounding area.

And while I myself am in love with DC, its schools and how Staples is supporting them both, my kids? They’re in love with the #StaplesForStudents partnership with Katy Perry.

In a recent announcement Katy Perry said, “I believe in education as the foundation for a great life, so I want to make sure that students across the country are inspired by their teachers and are afforded opportunity to realize their dreams. When I teamed up with Staples…I learned firsthand how desperately teachers need our support, with many of them having to dig into their own pockets to provide simple tools that we would expect to already be available in our classrooms. I [see] the lasting effect our collaboration [has] on DonorsChoose.org and thousands of teachers and students.”

Feeling inspired? We can get in on the act, too! Now through September 10 when we head to purchase our kids’ back to school supplies, let us choose Staples in support. As thanks, if we spend $25 or more in any Staples store we will receive a unique entry code on your receipt. Enter it online at www.StaplesForStudents.com for a chance to win a grand prize $50,000 scholarship, plus a trip for two to Los Angeles to meet Katy Perry. Four other first prize winners and one guest each will also win air travel to Los Angeles, two nights stay and spending money to meet Katy Perry at the Winners VIP Celebration. (Entries must be submitted before September 10, 2016 at 11:59 PM ET and entrants must be 13 years or older.)

I love when social good campaigns work seamlessly with our family’s values, lives and goals.

And I love thinking about the thousands of local students of the DC area who will be enjoying their literacy, career and college prep program donations from Staples this coming school year.

Disclosure: I am partnering with Staples to help spread the word about #StaplesForStudents. All opinions are my own.

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