Staples Says “Thanks a Million” in Celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–To celebrate teachers and all they do, Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS) is giving customers the opportunity to thank a teacher that has made a difference in their lives by providing one million free thank you cards in Staples’ stores across the country or Staples.com/giftcards during Teacher Appreciation Week, May 2-6.

“Staples is making it easy for customers to send personal thank you cards to teachers who have made a difference in their lives,” said Alison Corcoran, senior vice president of North American stores and online marketing, Staples. “In today’s busy world, sometimes we forget to slow down and say ‘thank you’ to current or past teachers who have made an impact in our lives. We invite all of our customers to share their gratitude and help us say ‘thanks a million.’”

Free Thank You Cards to Send Teachers
Available now through May 7, customers can visit their local Staples store or Staples.com/giftcards for their free thank you card designed by Staples Print and Marketing Services. Every teacher who is thanked virtually on social media using the hashtag, #thanksamillion, will also have a chance to win one of 75 Erin Condren teacher planners.

Staples Makes More than $425,000 3D Printer Donation
As part of Teacher’s Appreciation Week, Staples Business Advantage, the business-to-business division of Staples, will celebrate innovation in classrooms and donate more than $425,000 worth of MakerBot 3D printers and accessories to select schools and universities across the United States. The donations will include Replicator and Replicator Mini 3D printers, 3D digital scanners, and 3D filaments in various colors. Staples Business Advantage will work closely with the schools to integrate these printers into the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) curriculum to provide students access to 3D printing technologies.

“These printers offer students and teachers an opportunity to turn their creative ideas into a reality by applying thought design and engineering skills to a hands-on learning experience,” said Marty Robertson, vice president, technology solutions, Staples Business Advantage. “This donation seeks to foster knowledge of 3D printing, which is a rapidly developing segment of design and manufacturing.”

In addition, as part of the Staples 3D printer donation, MakerBot will provide a range of resources to help educators integrate 3D printing in the classroom including the MakerBot in the Classroom handbook with ideas and activities to get started with 3D printing.

A few of the schools and universities receiving the printers include: Alliance College-Ready Public Schools in Los Angeles, California, Wayne County Schools in Goldsboro, North Carolina, and Dallas Independent School District in Dallas, Texas.

Teacher Rewards
“At Staples, we appreciate all that teachers do for their classrooms and students throughout the year,” said Corcoran. “We understand the significant role teachers play in students’ lives and offer our Staples Teacher Rewards program which helps teachers save on the supplies and tools they need in the classroom.”

The Staples Teacher Rewards program gives educators up to five percent back in Staples Rewards on everything in store and online, including technology and services (excluding postage and phone/gift cards), plus ten percent back in Rewards on teaching and art supplies. Throughout the year, teachers can save at Staples with daily deals and 110% Price Match Guarantee.

To learn more about Staples Teacher Rewards free membership or for more information about the Teacher Rewards program, please visit www.staples.com/TeacherRewards.

About Staples, Inc.
Staples retail stores and Staples.com help small business customers make more happen by providing a broad assortment of products, expanded business services and easy ways to shop, all backed with a lowest price guarantee. Staples offers businesses the convenience to shop and buy how and when they want – in store, online, via mobile or though social apps. Staples.com customers can either buy online and pick-up in store or ship for free from Staples.com with Staples Rewards minimum purchase. Expanded services also make it easy for businesses to succeed with in-store Business Centers featuring shipping services and products, copying, scanning, faxing and computer work stations, Tech Services, full-service Print & Marketing Services, Staples Merchant Services, small business lending and credit services.

Staples Business Advantage, the business-to-business division of Staples, Inc., helps mid-market, commercial and enterprise-sized customers make more happen by offering a curated assortment of products and services combined with deep expertise, best-in-class customer service, competitive pricing and state-of-the art-ecommerce site. Staples Business Advantage is the one-source solution for all things businesses need to succeed, including office supplies, facilities cleaning and maintenance, breakroom snacks and beverages, technology, furniture, interior design and Print & Marketing Services. Headquartered outside of Boston, Staples, Inc. operates throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. More information about Staples (NASDAQ: SPLS) is available at www.staples.com

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