More than just a calendar

    The Learning Partnership and Staples Business Depot launch Welcome to
    Kindergarten(TM) calendar

    TORONTO, Aug. 14 /CNW/ - Veronica Lacey, President & CEO of The Learning
Partnership and Steve Matyas, President of Staples Business Depot today
announced the launch of the Welcome to Kindergarten(TM) calendar, which is a
resource for parents and guardians of children entering kindergarten to
support their roles as the child's first literacy teachers. The production of
the calendar was the direct result of a partnership between the two
    Realizing that the transition from home to school is crucial for
children, Welcome to Kindergarten is a program designed to prepare children
and their families for this new adventure and to introduce children to the
excitement of a lifetime of learning. The Welcome to Kindergarten calendar is
not just a calendar. It is a useful tool, filled with information that helps
families throughout the year. Staples Business Depot has made this calendar
possible through their generous donation.
    "Kindergarten is one of the most important steps for children and we are
pleased to be working with provinces and school boards across Canada to make
this step exciting for children and their families," said Veronica Lacey. "We
are excited to be partnering with Staples Business Depot. We could not offer
this outstanding resource without their commitment and we are thrilled that
thousands of families will have the opportunity to use this tool to help in
their child's first year at school."
    This September, The Learning Partnership will be distributing calendars
to 55,000 students and their families through schools participating in the
Welcome to Kindergarten program. This incredible resource will also be sold
for $3.99 at selected STAPLES Business Depot and Bureau en Gros locations
across the country. A portion of the sales are being donated back to The
Learning Partnership's Welcome to Kindergarten program.
    "We are extremely pleased to have the opportunity to partner with an
organization that dedicates itself with bettering public education in Canada,"
said Steve Matyas. "Staples Business Depot understands the importance of early
literacy and we are committed to helping this country's children by providing
them with a great learning tool that will also prove to be useful fun to use
for the entire family."

    About The Learning Partnership

    Established in 1993, The Learning Partnership is a national
not-for-profit organization dedicated to championing a strong public education
system in Canada through innovative programs, executive leadership, credible
research, policy initiatives and public engagement. Since its inception, more
than three million students and teachers have participated in one or more of
TLP's programs, including Take Our Kids to Work(TM) and Welcome to
Kindergarten(TM). For information on TLP and to see the Welcome to
Kindergarten calendar and tools log onto

    About STAPLES Business Depot

    Founded in Toronto in 1991, The Business Depot Ltd. is Canada's largest
supplier of office supplies, business machines, office furniture and business
services for the small business and home office customer. The company is an
everyday low price retailer. The chain operates stores in all provinces across
Canada under the banners STAPLES(R) Business Depot(TM) and BUREAU EN GROS(TM).
The company has over 13,500 employees serving customers through almost 300
office superstores, catalogue, and e-commerce. STAPLES(R) Business
Depot (TM)/BUREAU EN GROS(TM) is committed to making shopping easy by offering
customers three ways to shop - online, by catalogue and in-store. Staples
Business Depot was recently ranked number one by the 2008 Marketing/Leger
Corporate reputation survey. More information is available at

For further information:

For further information: Bruce Kurta, Communications Officer, The
Learning Partnership, T: (416) 440-5124, C: (647) 225-0145, E:; Alessandra Saccal, Public Relations Manager,
Staples Business Depot, T: (905) 737-1147 x 2363, C: (416) 570-9978, E:

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