VIDEO: Staples Canada president, Steve Matyas talks about Recycle for Education, giving students the chance to win a $25,000 computer lab for their school.
Earth Day Canada and Staples challenge students to demonstrate their
commitment to the environment
TORONTO, Jan. 8, 2013 /CNW/ - More than half of the computer labs in
Canadian public schools are outdated by over two years (57 per cent),
and almost one in five schools lack computer labs at all, according to
a recent survey of teachers.
To help ensure that students have the tools they need to succeed,
Staples Canada is donating computer labs, valued at $25,000 each, to
ten elementary and secondary public schools across Canada. The program
is a part of the company's 2013 Recycle for Education Computer Lab
Contest, this year brought in collaboration with Earth Day Canada.
"We live in a tech-driven society and students in elementary and
secondary public schools spend nearly six hours in computer labs every
week," said Steve Matyas, president of Staples Canada. "Having the
latest technology in schools has never been more important, and we're
very proud to bring back this popular contest."
The Vision Critical survey was commissioned by Staples in December. The
survey showed that 86 per cent of Canadian teachers believe that
upgraded computer labs will help students progress in reading and
literacy skills, in addition to subjects like science (80 per cent,)
math (77 per cent) and social science (73 per cent).
Earth Day Canada Partnership
This year, Staples Canada is running the contest in collaboration with
Earth Day Canada who works closely with teachers across the country to
help develop programs designed to teach students about the importance
of sustainability. Staples will donate $25 to Earth Day Canada for
every school that enters the Recycle for Education contest.
"We're thrilled about our new partnership with Earth Day Canada," said
Matyas. "It's vital for students to learn the significance of recycling
at a young age."
"Providing youth with opportunities to learn about environmental issues
and their solutions are key aspects of our work," said Jed Goldberg,
president of Earth Day Canada. "Working with Staples on the Recycle for
Education Contest allows us to recognize schools for their
environmental initiatives while providing teachers and students with
the technology necessary to research and implement new strategies to
lessen the environmental impact of their school and beyond into their
Recycle for Education Essay
To enter, one student from each Canadian elementary or secondary public
school can submit a principal-approved 500-word essay on how their
school has become environmentally responsible. Students can submit
their entries at Staples.ca/RecycleForEducation, or on the Staples Canada Facebook page. Winning schools will be announced in early April.
The Judging Panel
The essays will be judged by seven industry experts. Staples Canada is
proud to announce the 2013 Recycle for Education Computer Lab Contest
Frances Edmonds, director, Environmental Programs, Hewlett-Packard
Michael Furdyk, co-founder, TakingITGlobal
Wade Humphries, operations manager for iControl, Direct Energy
Joey McColm, NASCAR Canada Driver
Gordon Harrison, executive director, GreenLearning Canada
Jed Goldberg, president, Earth Day Canada
Scott Alic, account manager, WM Sustainability Services, a Division of
For more information on Staples' environmental programs, or how schools
can get a free ink cartridge bin, please visit Staples.ca.
From December 6-10, 2012, Vision Critical conducted an online survey
among 500 randomly selected Canadian teachers who are Angus Reid Forum
panelists. The results have been statistically weighted according to
the most current region Census data to ensure a sample representative
of teachers in Canada.
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.
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.
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SOURCE: Staples Canada Inc.
For further information:
Public Relations Specialist
905.737.1147 x 2426
Director of Communications & Development
Earth Day Canada
416.599.1991 x 107