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Kids In Need Foundation
Kids In Need Foundation Receives $25,000 Grant from
Staples Foundation for Learning
Funds Will Support Free School Supplies for Denver Students
Dayton, Ohio – April 19, 2011– The Kids In Need Foundation, a national, non-profit organization dedicated to providing free school supplies to economically disadvantaged school children and under-funded teachers,has received a $25,000 grant from Staples Foundation for Learning(SFFL), a private foundation created by Staples, Inc. Funding from the Staples Foundation will supporta project that will provide free backpacks and school supplies to students at four Denver, Colo. elementary schools.
“According to the 2010 ‘Kids Count in Colorado’ report, the number of children living in poverty is growing at a faster pace in Colorado than anywhere else in the United States,” said Dave Smith, executive director of the Kids In Need Foundation. “The grant from the Staples Foundation will provide our organization the added support we need to continue to make a difference in the lives of the children and families we serve. With the support from the Staples Foundation, we can provide these families with the essential school supplies needed for academic success.”
The Denver project is part of a Kids In Need program that provides free school supplies to students and teachers not served by the organization’s National Network of Resource Centers, 25 free stores where teachers can obtain needed supplies. The Kids In Need philosophy is that one method of intercepting the poverty cycle is by providing children with the tools they need to participate and engage in classroom learning. Research and anecdotal information reveal that when adequately equipped at school, children have more positive feelings of self-worth, miss fewer days of school, are more attentive in class, and have improved classroom behavior, giving them an increased chance of succeeding in school. The far reaching effect is that better equipped and prepared school children develop into better equipped and prepared employees and members of the community.
“Staples Foundation for Learning remains committed to supporting organizations like the Kids In Need Foundation as they work hard to provide a phenomenal service that will truly make an impact on the lives of young people in Denver and nationwide,” said Amy Shanler, director of community relations for Staples, Inc.
About the Kids In Need Foundation
The Kids In Need Foundationis a national 501(c)(3) charitable organization founded in 1995. The Foundation’s mission is to ensure that every child is prepared to learn and succeed by providing free school supplies nationally to students most in need. The Kids in Need National Network of Resource Centers includes 25 facilities that allow teachers from low-income schools to obtain free school supplies for their students. The national sponsor of the Kids In Need Network is Target, a long time supporter of the Kids In Need Foundation. In addition, Kids In Need Teacher Grants provide K-12 educators with funding to provide innovative learning opportunities for students. Kids in Need has distributed more than $350 million in school supplies since its founding, directly benefiting 1.6 million students and 100,000 teachers annually, and has awarded more than $1 million in grants to teachers. The Kids In Need Foundation has received Charity Navigator’s highest four-star rating for three consecutive years, indicating that it executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way and outperforms most other charities in America. For more information, visit www.kinf.org. Follow Kids In Need on Twitter , http://twitter.com/kidsinneed
About Staples Foundation for Learning
Founded in 2002, Staples Foundation for Learning has contributed to nearly 1,000 global, national and local charities that provide educational opportunities and job skills for all people, with a special emphasis on disadvantaged youth. Staples Foundation for Learning builds lasting relationships with world-class organizations including Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Ashoka, Earth Force, TakingItGlobal, and the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City. The foundation is the private charitable arm of Staples, Inc. and is an integral component of Staples Soul, which recognizes the connection between long-term business success and the impact Staples has on associates, communities and the planet. For more information about the foundation and Staples Soul, please visit www.staplesfoundation.organd www.staples.com/soul.
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