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Teen Actor Jake T. Austin Joins Staples and Boys & Girls Clubs of America to Promote Staples for Students National School Supply Drive

Teen actor Jake T. Austin is teaming up with Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Staples (Nasdaq: SPLS) for the 6th Annual Staples for Students National School Supply Drive, to help members get the tools they need to prepare for the upcoming school year.  Staples store are matched with a local Boys & Girls Club to receive the donations to benefit youth who attend the Club.  Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club has been paired with the Staples branches located in Glen Cove, Manhasset and Garden City Park.


From now through September 28, Staples customers can help support Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club and the Staples for Students cause by donating $1 or more at the Glen Cove, Manhasset or Garden City Park stores, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting students at Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club. 


“We are so fortunate to be paired with not one, but three local area Staples stores.  We are grateful to Staples and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America for this wonderful opportunity but more importantly, Staples for Students helps take a huge burden off our members and their families, many of whom cannot afford the cost of the school supplies and necessities which can get rather expensive,” said Melissa Rhodes, Executive Director of Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club.


“I’m so excited to team up with Staples and Boys & Girls Clubs of America for this great cause,” said Jake T. Austin.  “I’m rallying my fellow teens to get involved to help make a difference in their communities by making sure students have the essential supplies they need to succeed.” 


To kick-start the campaign, Staples will donate $125,000 worth of school supplies to the program this year.  Staples and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America will ensure that all of the donations from the local branches get to Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club in time for the new school year. Since 2008, the campaign has raised nearly $3 million for hundreds of thousands of students in need throughout the country.  Past celebrity influencers have included Jordin Sparks, Ciara, Nikki Reed, the cast of Pretty Little Liars and Bella Thorne.


“It’s amazing to see teens and customers rally together each year for and give back to their local communities for this important cause,” said Alison Corcoran, senior vice president stores and online marketing at Staples.  “With help from teen celebrities like Jake T. Austin to support the great mission of Boys & Girls Clubs, we can ensure that students across the country can start the year off right in the classroom.”


Teens are also encouraged to spread the word on social media.  Starting July 15, they can visit the Staples for Students Facebook page where Jake will take followers through an exciting series of interactive mission videos to help drive donations.   As missions are completed, teens will be rewarded with donations on their behalf to Boys & Girls Clubs, coupon codes for school supplies and other exciting surprises. 


To help support Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club through the Staples for Students campaign, visit the Glen Cove Staples, located at 71 School Street, the Manhasset Staples, located at 1410 Northern Blvd. 2310 or the Garden City Staples, located at 2310 Jericho Turnpike. 


About Staples:

Staples is the world’s largest office products company and second largest internet retailer. For 26 years, Staples has served the needs of business customers and its vision is to provide every product businesses need to succeed. Through its world-class retail, online and delivery capabilities, Staples offers office supplies, technology products and services, facilities and breakroom supplies, furniture, copy and print services and a wide range of other product categories. With thousands of associates worldwide dedicated to making it easy for businesses of all sizes, Staples operates throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. The company is headquartered outside Boston. More information about Staples (Nasdaq: SPLS) is available at www.staples.com. Follow Staples on Twitter at http://twitter.com/staples and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/staples.


About Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club

Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club at Lincoln House has been serving the community since 1903 by providing a safe and caring environment that will inspire and enable all young people to realize their full potential as productive and responsible citizens. The Club serves more than 700 youths, ages 6 to 18, in the Glen Cove community with a variety of after school programs in education, sports and recreation, dance, technology and art, all designed to enrich and enhance learning and build self-esteem.  To learn more about Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club and how you can help support the Club, its mission and service to the youth of the Glen Cove community, please call Melissa Rhodes, Executive Director at 516-671-8030 or visit www.glencovebgc.org.



About Boys & Girls Clubs of America

For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (GreatFutures.org) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, more than 4,000 Clubs serve some 4 million young people annually through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native American lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun, friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Priority programs emphasize academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 57 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at http://www.bgca.org/facebook and http://bgca.org/twitter.



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