Almost one hundred thousand students (98,609 to be exact) were impacted by the $1 million donation that Staples made to DonorsChoose.org this past June. As I blogged this past June, Staples partnered with Katy Perry to help classrooms across the country. They made a one million dollar donation this past April and have been giving it away since then! It is now time for an update on what happened!
Here are the results:
- 1,072 classroom projects funded
- 787 teachers in 402 schools
- 98,600 students
- $1 million donation from Staples
In addition to this, Staples customers donated more than $330,000 to DonorsChoose.org in-store and at StaplesforStudents.com. (These numbers don’t even include all the Staples and DonorsChoose.org cards we gave away on our Back to School Twitter chat in August.)
Katy Perry Scholarship Results
Katy Perry presented the grand prize winner of the Staples for Students Sweepstakes, Patricia O’Keefe and her son Matthew, Deep River, Conn., 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 for enrollment in fall 2017. Four lucky first prize winners and one guest each also joined the celebration and met Katy Perry. (See picture.)
What did teachers do with this money?
Some teachers haven’t applied for grants because they don’t know where to start. This is one of my favorite grants received as part of this project:
For example, Mr. Shull at Quincy Upper School will receive core school supplies like pencils, erasers, highlighters, folders and more in addition to a MacBook Pro for his Speech Therapy students. His students will use the MacBook Pro to shoot and edit films like “How to Ace a Job Interview” and to write journalism articles. Projects like these will help his students develop language, content, writing skills and advance their computer skills at the same time.
See Surprise Donation of More than 435,000 funds local school projects. (Staples funded every project in Boston and Metrowest)
I’ve been honored to work with Staples since 2015 to support their back to school initiatives. It is my go-to store for Back to School. I also appreciate how they donate so much to help teachers and students who need it. I like to work with companies who support teachers. We need all the encouragement and help we can get!