Staples Canada partners with hundreds of local charities across the
country during the Staples for Students School Supply Drive
TORONTO, July 23, 2013 /CNW/ - Thirty-five per cent of school-aged
children in Canada will begin the 2013 school year without the
necessary supplies, according to a survey of Canadian teachers and
educators. Almost one fifth of teachers (18 per cent) believe this
percentage will increase over last year. To help make sure students
have essential supplies, Staples Canada has launched the eighth annual Staples for Students School Supply Drive. The goal this year is to raise more than $1.5 million in supplies for
local charities, schools and school boards across the country.
"Students deserve the opportunity to start the new school year with
essential supplies," said Steve Matyas, president of Staples Canada.
"We all want students to do their best at school and later in life, and
having basic supplies plays a surprisingly important role in having the
confidence to do that. Not having a pen or notebook may seem small, but
in reality it often represents a major setback for young students,
especially at the start of the school year."
The survey of educators indicated the leading factors contributing to
the shortage of essential supplies include: financial strains (67 per
cent,) cost of supplies (59 per cent,) and reliance on schools for
supplies (55 per cent). In addition, 28 per cent of teachers believe
the problem is due in large to poor communication or lack of
understanding, leading to parents being uncertain about what supplies
To make sure customers get exactly what they need, Staples stores are
equipped with resources such as lists of basic supplies needed for each
grade. Associates are also trained for the back-to-school season to
help customers find the items they require for a successful school
The 2013 Staples for Students School Supply Drive takes place in all provinces and two territories from July 27
until September 9, 2013. In Quebec, the campaign runs from July 28 to
September 1, 2013 and will support Le Club des Petits Déjeuners, a breakfast club and longtime partner of Bureau en Gros. Donations are
accepted at all Staples locations in Canada.
Through this school supply drive, Staples and its customers have
collected more than $6.3 million dollars in supplies and donations
since 2005. It is one of the largest school supply drives in the
country. A complete list of Staples locations and their partners is
available online. All proceeds raised stay within the local community.
For more information visit www.staples.ca/community.
The survey was conducted by Vision Critical for Staples Canada from June
10 to June 17, 2013 among 1,444 teachers and educators.
Main Reasons Students Don't Have All The School Supplies They Need
Poverty/financial issues at home
Cost of supplies
Reliance on school to provide supplies
Lack of involvement/support from parents
Lack of understanding around what supplies to purchase
Poor Communication between school and parents
About Staples Canada
Staples, Canada's largest office products company is committed to
providing Canadians with a wide choice of office services and products.
Serving all types of business - from the small home office to large
enterprise - Staples makes it easy for customers to operate their
offices efficiently and affordably by offering an extensive selection
of office supplies, technology, electronics and office furniture as
well as business services, including computer repair and maintenance,
and copy and print services. Operating as Bureau en GrosMC in the
province of Quebec and Staples Canada in all other provinces, the
company employs over 15,000 associates at 330+ stores and at their head
office in Richmond Hill, Ontario. Ranked as one of Canada's top ten
Canadian companies in Marketing Magazine's Marketing/Leger 2011
Corporate Reputation Survey, Staples/Bureau en Gros is dedicated to
offering customers the highest level of service, whether they choose to
shop in-store, by catalogue or online. 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.
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SOURCE: Staples Canada Inc.
For further information:
Valerie Outmezguine, Public Relations Specialist, Staples Canada
905.737.1147 x 2426 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Alessandra Saccal, Head of Communications Canada, Staples Canada
905.737.1147 x 2363 / email@example.com