$250,000 Worth of Technology Products Awarded to 10 Environmentally Conscious Schools across Canada

 

Staples Canada Superpower Your School Contest winners announced

TORONTO, April 22, 2016 /CNW/ - Staples Canada announced today the winners of the 2016 Superpower Your School Contest. The contest, held in collaboration with Earth Day Canada, was open to publicly-funded elementary and secondary schools across Canada and ran from December 3, 2015 to January 29, 2016. Almost 630 schools submitted entries detailing their environmental initiatives. Ten schools, two from each region, have been selected to receive $25,000 worth of technology products each.

Ontario

  • Elementary: St. Marguerite d'Youville Catholic Elementary School, Hamilton, ON
  • Secondary: George S. Henry Academy, Toronto, ON

Western Region

  • Elementary: Mildred Hall School, Yellowknife, NT
  • Secondary: Queen Elizabeth High School, Edmonton, AB

British Columbia

  • Elementary: Dewdney Elementary School, Dewdney, BC
  • Secondary: R.E. Mountain Secondary School, Langley, BC

Quebec

  • Elementary: École Saint-David, Saint-David-de-Falardeau, QC
  • Secondary: École Polyvalente Des Monts, Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, QC

Atlantic Region

  • Elementary: Elsipogtog First Nation School, Elsipogtog First Nation, NB
  • Secondary: Cambridge-Narrows Community School, Cambridge-Narrows, NB

Each school was told they won during surprise assemblies held in March and April. The schools were also told that their new tech will be bullfrogpowered® with 100% clean, pollution-free energy for one year courtesy of Staples and Bullfrog Power. A TerraCycle Zero Waste Box was also donated to each school to help them recycle snack wrappers.

"From running community eco fairs, to making and selling organic lip balm, our 10 winners have shown incredible leadership, creativity and commitment," said Steve Matyas, president of Staples Canada. "We look forward to seeing how their new tech will help them continue and improve their work on both an environmental and educational level."

"Schools are at the forefront of environmental change," says Deb Doncaster, president of Earth Day Canada. "We are thrilled to be working with Staples Canada to recognize and celebrate the exceptional efforts and leadership of these teachers, students and staff."

For more information, including the winning schools' entry summaries, visit staples.ca/powereco.

About Staples Canada/Bureau en Gros
Staples Canada/Bureau en Gros makes it easy to make more happen with more products and more ways to shop. Through its world-class retail, online and delivery capabilities, Staples lets customers shop however and whenever they want, whether it's in-store, online, on mobile devices, or through the company's innovative buy online, pick up in store option. Staples offers more products than ever, such as technology, facilities and breakroom supplies, furniture, safety supplies, medical supplies, and Copy and Print services. Consistently ranked as one of Canada's top ten companies in Marketing Magazine's Marketing/Leger Corporate Reputation Survey, Staples/Bureau en Gros is dedicated to offering customers the highest level of service. Staples Canada/Bureau en Gros also is invested in a number of corporate giving programs that actively support environmental, educational and entrepreneurial initiatives in Canadian communities from coast to coast. Visit www.staples.ca for more information, or visit us on Facebook and Twitter.

About Earth Day Canada
Earth Day Canada (EDC), a national environmental charity founded in 1990, provides Canadians with the practical knowledge and tools they need to lessen their impact on the environment. In 2004, it was recognized as the top environmental education organization in North America for its innovative year-round programs and educational resources by the Washington-based North American Association for Environmental Education, the world's largest association of environmental educators. In 2008, it was chosen as Canada's "Outstanding Non-profit Organization" by the Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication. EDC regularly partners with thousands of organizations in all parts of Canada. To donate to Earth Day Canada, please visit www.earthday.ca/donate.

SOURCE Staples Canada Inc.

Image with caption: "Moe Sandouga (second from the right), general manager of the Edmonton Staples store, Irene Palumbi (right), Staples district manager, announce to Sue Bell (second from the left), principal, and Aaron Dublenko (left), teacher, that Queen Elizabeth High School has won $25,000 worth of technology from the 2016 Staples Canada Superpower your School Contest. (CNW Group/Staples Canada Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20160422_C2724_PHOTO_EN_672496.jpg

Image with caption: "Richard La Roche (right), general manager of the Yellowknife Staples store, helps Mildred Hall School’s students with their earth worm compost project. Their school has won $25,000 worth of technology through the 2016 Staples Canada Superpower your School Contest. (CNW Group/Staples Canada Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20160422_C2724_PHOTO_EN_672492.jpg

Image with caption: "Grade 4 students, Dominique Ausustine (left) and Zoey Milliea (right), from Elsipogtog First Nation School, cannot believe they’ve won $25,000 worth of technology. Their school is being recognized for their eco efforts through the 2016 Staples Canada Superpower your School Contest. (CNW Group/Staples Canada Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20160422_C2724_PHOTO_EN_672482.jpg

Image with caption: "Cambridge-Narrows Community School’s Grade 11 students, Cody Perry (left) and Emma Burke (right), show Christopher Dickson (left) and Rick Francioni (right) of Staples a bench they helped make for their outdoor classroom. For their eco efforts, the school won $25,000 worth of technology in the 2016 Staples Canada Superpower your School Contest. (CNW Group/Staples Canada Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20160422_C2724_PHOTO_EN_672484.jpg

Image with caption: "Monia Gagnon (left), project instigator, celebrates with École Saint-David’s students after revealing that they’ve won $25,000 worth of technology from the 2016 Staples Canada Superpower your School Contest. (CNW Group/Staples Canada Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20160422_C2724_PHOTO_EN_672488.jpg

Image with caption: "Students and teachers from George S. Henry Academy show Staples Canada representatives their community garden. The school was recognized for its eco initiatives and has won $25,000 worth of technology from the 2016 Staples Canada Superpower your School Contest. (CNW Group/Staples Canada Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20160422_C2724_PHOTO_EN_672490.jpg

Image with caption: "Stéphane Chaput (sitting), principal of Polyvalente des Monts, shows Denis Marcotte (standing), general manager of Bureau en Gros in Ste-Agathe-Des-Mont, the school’s current computer lab. The school is being recognized for their eco initiatives and has won $25,000 worth of new technology through the 2016 Staples Canada Superpower your School Contest. (CNW Group/Staples Canada Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20160422_C2724_PHOTO_EN_672494.jpg

Image with caption: "R.E. Mountain Secondary School students hold up signs announcing their school as winners in the 2016 Staples Canada Superpower your School Contest. The school won $25,000 worth of technology for their eco efforts. (CNW Group/Staples Canada Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20160422_C2724_PHOTO_EN_672498.jpg

Image with caption: "Left to right – Students, Ava Ammendolia, Alina Jurcic, Paulina Szczepanski and Alessia DiTomaso, hold up a sign indicating that their school, St. Marguerite d’Youville Catholic Elementary School, has won $25,000 worth of technology through the 2016 Staples Canada Superpower your School Contest. They are being recognized for their eco efforts. (CNW Group/Staples Canada Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20160422_C2724_PHOTO_EN_672500.jpg

Image with caption: "Left to right - Jasen Nyrose and Curtis Dass of Staples Canada, Susan McLeod, principal of Dewdney Elementary School, Jaime Strocel, general manager of the Mission Staples store, Randy Huth, assistant superintendent for Mission Public Schools and Meghan Warkentine of Staples Canada, check out the school’s old computer equipment. Dewdney Elementary is being recognized for their eco efforts and received $25,000 worth of technology from the 2016 Staples Canada Superpower your School Contest. (CNW Group/Staples Canada Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20160422_C2724_PHOTO_EN_672510.jpg

For further information: Alessandra Saccal, Staples Canada, 905 737 1147 x 2363, alessandra.saccal@staples.ca; Madalina Secareanu, Staples Canada, 905 737 1147 ex. 2714, madalina.secareanu@staples.ca; Vanessa Farquharson, Earth Day Canada, 416-599-1991 ex. 207, vanessa@earthday.ca

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