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Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Katy Perry and Staples team up to help teachers and kids
Teachers get a break during summer—not just being out of school, but on having to blow bucks on supplies. An estimated 99.5% of teachers use their own money to equip their classrooms, per a survey from the Education Market Association, at a cost of more than $400 a year.
Over the years, Max's teachers have purchased items to help and motivate him, everything from firefighter stickers to ties for his jacket zippers to make them easier to pull. I've never asked but I assume they have spent their own money. Friends who are teachers don't think twice about digging into their wallets to get stuff for the kids they teach; it comes with the territory. Troubling, isn't it, that some of this country's most valuable employees do not have an expense account.
Enter Katy Perry and Staples, sponsor of this post. The superstar and the superstore have teamed up to inspire people to donate to classrooms. During back-to-school season, Staples is donating one million dollars to DonorsChoose.org, the charity that funds classroom projects and has had an impact on more than 18 million students nationwide.
People can make their own donations at Staples (as little as $1) or at StaplesForStudents.com. As Perry says, "I believe in education as a foundation for a great life, so I want to make sure students across the country are inspired by their teachers and afforded every opportunity to realize their dreams."
Here's the scoop from Perry in a new PSA:
Sweepstakes for a scholarship and Katy Perry meet-up! (Which is better?!)
Through September 10, customers who spend $25 or more in Staples can use a unique entry code on their receipt to enter a sweepstakes online at StaplesForStudents.com. The grand prize winner will score a $50,000 scholarship, plus a trip for two to Los Angeles to meet Katy Perry. Four first prize winners and one guest each will also win air travel to L.A., a two-night stay and spending money to meet Perry at the VIP Winners Celebration.
The Staples for Students campaign is an ongoing education booster; initiatives have included school supply drives, donations for education projects, Designed by Students and sales of products that give back to classrooms and communities in need.
Now, Staples, if you could just do something about kids *who shall remain nameless* who wait till your local store is nearly closed to announce that they need supplies for a project due tomorrow.
This post was sponsored by Staples; opinions are my own.
Image: Screen grab, Staples video
Posted by Ellen Seidman at 6:45 AM