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Staples Supplies for Schoolkids in Miami and Nationwide Generates More Than $1 Million in School Supplies For Boys & Girls Club Kids

Tuesday, September 28, 2004 7:00 am EDT

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ATLANTA
"We hope these school supply gifts make it easier for young people in our community to get a great start to the school year."

ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--As school bells continue to ring across the country signaling the beginning of a new academic year, thousands of Boys & Girls Club members from coast to coast will be attending classes outfitted with new pencils, pens, crayons, rulers, a notebook and folder.

For the third consecutive year, thanks to Staples Supplies for Schoolkids(TM), Club members will be given the opportunity to start school on a level playing field with their more affluent peers.

In the months leading up to this school year, Staples customers donated $2.95 to have the back-to-school supplies provided to a Boys & Girls Club kids in their area. This year's program grew more than 150 percent with more than 169,000 bundles sold - up from 65,000 in 2003 - for a total of more than $1 million worth of school supplies.

"We are extremely grateful to Staples for driving this terrific program again this year," said Alex Rodriguez-Roig, Executive Director of Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami. "Supplies for Schoolkids(TM) is a real incentive for the young people we serve, promoting self-esteem by ensuring they have the basic supplies needed to achieve academic success."

"Staples customers and associates really embraced Supplies for Schoolkids(TM) and made it a tremendous success, both here locally in Miami and nationally," said Don Kerr, regional vice president for Staples, Inc. "We hope these school supply gifts make it easier for young people in our community to get a great start to the school year."

The annual Staples Supplies for Schoolkids(TM) program is in addition to a three year, $2.5 million grant presented to Boys & Girls Clubs of America from Staples Foundation for Learning, Inc.(TM).

Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami has been providing quality programs to children and youth aged 6-18 in neighborhoods where the needs are the greatest. The 6 locations in the Miami area serve more than 14,000 youth. For more information, visit www.bgcmia.org.

Boys & Girls Clubs of America (www.bgca.org) comprises a national network of some 3,400 neighborhood-based facilities annually serving more than four million young people, primarily from disadvantaged circumstances. Known as "The Positive Place for Kids," the Clubs provide guidance-oriented character development programs on a daily basis for children 6-18 years old, conducted by a full-time professional staff. Key Boys & Girls Club programs emphasize character and leadership development, education and career enhancement, health and life skills, the arts and sports, fitness and recreation.

Staples Foundation for Learning, Inc. (TM) is a charitable foundation, created by Staples, with a mission to provide educational opportunities to all people, with a special emphasis on disadvantaged youth. Since its launch in 2002, the foundation has awarded nearly $3 million in grants to non-profit organizations nationwide and is a national supporter of Boys & Girls Clubs of America (www.bgca.org). For more information on Staples Foundation for Learning, Inc. (TM), please visit www.staplesfoundation.org.

Photo available upon request.

Contact:

Leff & Associates
Randi Leader, 404-355-1706
leaderandi@aol.com
or
Staples, Inc.
Joy Errico, 508-253-7957
joy.errico@staples.com
or
BGC of Miami
Lynne Gibson, 305-446-9910
lgibson@bgcmia.org

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