Most teachers feel only "somewhat" appreciated STAPLES Business Depot survey reveals

    Leading retailer does its part with discounts and a free gift bag on
    Teacher Appreciation days

    TORONTO, Aug. 13 /CNW/ - Only one in three Canadian teachers (38 per
cent) feel completely appreciated, according to a survey released today by
STAPLES Business Depot. And the vast majority (96 per cent) say they routinely
shell out their own money on school supplies.
    STAPLES Business Depot, one of Canada's leading suppliers of back to
school needs, is doing its part to salute the men and women who teach our
children by offering discounts and a free gift bag on Teacher Appreciation
days in August and September.
    "Teaching is the greatest profession in the world, but it's not always an
easy job," said Mike Page, a teacher at Lambton Kingsway Junior Middle School
in Toronto. "It's great to watch kids learn and grow, but there are certainly
times when you don't feel the love."
    As one of Canada's leading suppliers of back-to-school needs, STAPLES
commissioned polling firm Decima Research to survey Canadian teachers on a
variety of topics.
    The survey found that 5 per cent of Canadian teachers don't feel
appreciated at all, while 57 per cent say they only feel "somewhat"
appreciated. While 38 per cent of Canada's teachers say they feel "completely"
appreciated, the responses were markedly different inside and outside of
    In Quebec, 52 per cent of teachers said they feel "completely"
appreciated, compared with just 26 per cent in the rest of the country.
    Among other key findings of the STAPLES Business Depot Teachers' Poll:

    -   Almost every teacher polled (96 per cent) said they spend their own
        money on school supplies
    -   Thirty-seven per cent of teachers say they spend at least $50 per
        month of their own money on school supplies. Eleven per cent say they
        spend more than $100 a month.
    -   When asked what aspects of their jobs give them the greatest
        satisfaction, almost all (74 per cent) cited watching students learn
        and grow and succeed.
    -   Other sources of satisfaction include watching a student that
        "finally gets it" (21 per cent), seeing students happy and smiling
        (17 per cent) and interacting with students (15 per cent).

    Teachers were also asked about the most unusual gifts they had received
from students. Among the most bizarre were:

    -   A half-eaten cookie
    -   Underwear
    -   A bag of pencils, including some that had been chewed
    -   Bagpipes and a kilt
    -   An invitation to a birthday party at a strip club

    "You tend to get a lot of mugs and chocolates and bottles of wine," Page
said. "It's all appreciated - but the real gift is being able to help a child
to learn and grow."
    Teachers who shop at STAPLES Business Depot on Teacher Appreciation days
will receive 10 per cent off almost everything in the store. While supplies
last, they will also receive a free gift bag stuffed with items including a
Crayola poster and a coupon book with over $100 worth of additional savings,

    -   $25 off $100 Copy & Print Full Serve Services
    -   $10 off any Post-it Easel Pad
    -   $5 off poster printing
    -   $5 off Swingline 2-60 stapler (black or silver)
    -   $3 off Mr. Sketch Scented Markers (12 pack)

    Teacher Appreciation days are being held this year on August 16 and 23 at
stores across the country. An extra day is being added on September 15 in
Quebec and on September 29 in the rest of Canada. Over 60,000 teachers are
expected to visit STAPLES Business Depot on these special days.

    About STAPLES Business Depot

    STAPLES Business Depot was founded in Toronto in 1991. It 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 more
than 273 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. More
information is available at

    About Staples

    Staples, Inc. invented the office superstore concept in 1986 and today is
the world's largest office products company. With 69,000 talented associates,
the company is committed to making it easy to buy a wide range of office
products, including supplies, technology, furniture, and business services.
With 2005 sales of $16.1 billion, Staples serves consumers and businesses
ranging from home-based businesses to Fortune 500 companies in 21 countries
throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia. Headquartered outside of
Boston, Staples operates more than 1,800 office superstores and also serves
its customers through mail order catalog, e-commerce and contract businesses.
More information is available at

For further information:

For further information: to speak to someone from STAPLES Business Depot
or to arrange an interview with Mike Page, please contact: Karen Cleveland,
Veritas Communications, (416) 482-2248 x229,;
Alessandra Saccal, STAPLES Business Depot, (905) 737-1147 x 2363, (416)

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