Staples and Katy Perry Impact 1072 classrooms and 98,609 students!

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!

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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

Global superstar Katy Perry and Staples for Students Sweepstakes grand prize winner Patricia O’Keefe and her son Matthew and William Durling of Staples, attend the sweepstakes Winners VIP Celebration on Thurs., Oct. 13, 2016, in Los Angeles. The sweepstakes grand prize included a $50,000 scholarship and a trip to Los Angeles with a guest to meet Katy Perry. In April, as part of the Staples for Students program, Staples partnered with Perry to announce a $1 million donation to DonorsChoose.org. As a result, Staples fulfilled 1,072 classroom projects on DonorsChoose.org, providing 787 teachers and impacting 98,609 students across the country. Additionally, Staples customers donated more than $330,000 to DonorsChoose.org at Staples stores and at www.StaplesForStudents.com throughout the back-to-school season. (Casey Rodgers/AP Images for Staples)

Global superstar Katy Perry and Staples for Students Sweepstakes grand prize winner Patricia O’Keefe and her son Matthew and William Durling of Staples, attend the sweepstakes Winners VIP Celebration on Thurs., Oct. 13, 2016, in Los Angeles. The sweepstakes grand prize included a $50,000 scholarship and a trip to Los Angeles with a guest to meet Katy Perry. In April, as part of the Staples for Students program, Staples partnered with Perry to announce a $1 million donation to DonorsChoose.org. As a result, Staples fulfilled 1,072 classroom projects on DonorsChoose.org, providing 787 teachers and impacting 98,609 students across the country. Additionally, Staples customers donated more than $330,000 to DonorsChoose.org at Staples stores and at www.StaplesForStudents.com throughout the back-to-school season. (Casey Rodgers/AP Images for Staples)

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)

Take a look at the full press release.

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!

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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