I'm pinching myself that another summer is already underway- one I am hoping will be full of so many firsts that will soon be memorialized in digital form on my desktop and in a myriad of campy art projects adorning my refrigerator. In fact, with both kids home this summer I'm on a one-mom mission to ensure that my kids spend less time on devices and more time experiencing life away from fluorescent screens. I know it will be a challenge but it's one I am determined to follow through with (no matter how hard they rail against my “summer no tech regime!”) I want to squeeze in as many quiet reading hours, strolls in the park with our dogs, swimming for hours on end and leisurely bike rides that I can in these next eight precious weeks because I know in just a few short weeks we'll all be back to the grind; getting up way too early, rushing around to pack lunches and backpacks and then off to school.
The good news is that both of my kids just so happen to love to have all their ducks in a row when it comes to their school supplies and are the kinds of kids who begin amassing their back to school supply stashes at the end of June. And when I told them both about this fun new initiative between Katy Perry and Staples they were both pretty pumped about doing their part to give back.
After a year at their respective NYC public schools they both saw firsthand how so many of their teachers did in fact reach into their own pockets to provide school necessities when some of their student peers weren't able to bring in their own supplies and it had an impact on them. It helped them to see that we are all responsible for each other and when you can help someone else- it should be a NO BRAINER. And it is just one more reason why we will be spending our summer doing a lot of our back to school shopping at Staples.
Check out this very cool announcement below about how Staples and Katy Perry have teamed up to support teachers and students and how you can help make it just a little easier for teachers to get the supplies they need for the new school year!
Here are the cold hard facts: every day teachers will spend their own money for supplies to keep their classes going so their students will have a better education. In fact data from the Education Market Association revealed that an estimated 99.5% of all public school teachers use their own money to equip their classrooms, frequently at a cost of more than $400 per year to teach and keep their classrooms going and to make sure their students can learn in the most optimal way.
That’s why Staples has teamed up with Katy Perry to support teachers through DonorsChoose.org, so students can get the supplies they need to achieve. DonorsChoose.org makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need. Public school teachers from every corner of America create classroom project requests, and you can give any amount to the project that inspires you. You can choose to donate to the type of project or the location that you feel is most worthy. Over 94% of the money donated goes to that project with very little going for administration and fund raising. Founded in 2000, DonorsChoose.org makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need. Teachers at over 70 percent of all the public schools in America have created project requests, and more than 2 million people have donated over $425 million to projects that inspire them. Over 18 million students—most from low-income communities, and many in disaster-stricken areas—have received books, art supplies, field trips, technology, and other resources that they need to learn. And to make things just a bit more exciting– from June 26 through September 10, customers that spend more than $25 at any Staples store can enter the #StaplesForStudents sweepstakes online at StaplesForStudents.com using the unique entry code on their receipt, for a chance to win a $50,000 scholarship and meet Katy Perry in LA.
So how and why did Katy Perry team up with Staples to spearhead this initiative?
“I believe in education as a foundation for a great life, so I want to make sure that students across the country are inspired by their teachers and afforded every opportunity to realize their dreams,” said Katy Perry. “When I teamed up with Staples in 2014, I learned firsthand how desperately teachers need our support – many of them even dig into their own pockets to provide simple tools that we would expect to already be available in our classrooms. So when Staples approached me again this year, I jumped at the opportunity because I saw the lasting effect our collaboration had on DonorsChoose.org and thousands of teachers and students.”
To date Staples has donated $1 million and you can do your part while you shop for back to school and donate at a Staples store near you or at StaplesForStudents.com
This post was written on behalf of Staples but as is always the case all opinions expressed are my own.