Friday, July 27, 2012

Staples for Education – supporting academic success

For the eighth year in a row, generous Calgarians are helping provide school supplies to low income families through Staples for Education, a program put together by The City of Calgary Community & Neighbourhood Services, Staples stores and community agencies.

From July 16 – September 15,  Staples stores in Calgary are accepting donations for families who can't afford to buy the required supplies needed to start the new school year. Last year Calgarians helped fill more than 2,400 backpacks for local students in Kindergarten to Grade 12; this year we're aiming to fill 3,000.

“Over the years our program has filled thousands of backpacks for children in need – almost 18,000 in total,” says Tannis Eapen, a social worker with Community & Neighbourhood Services. “While we hope that a need such as this does not grow year to year, we are collaborating to connect children and their families with resources and supplies for a positive learning experience.”

Based on historical numbers between 2,500 and 3,000 backpacks will be needed again this year and we're asking Calgarians to help meet this need.

All ten Staples stores across Calgary are accepting donations of cash and suggested grade appropriate supplies through the summer. A cash donation of $40 ensures a complete backpack and donations totalling $20 or more are eligible for a tax receipt from The City.

Child-in-need registration is open from August 1 to 15 and backpacks will be delivered the week of August 27. 

To learn more about this program, please visit, call 3-1-1 or visit your local Staples store. You can also call 3-1-1 or visit us online to locate your nearest community resource centre.

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