Event Recap

3 Reasons Why Atlanta Teachers are Winning in 2015 with Staples! #StaplesforStudents

Across the country children head back to school and teachers prepare with school supplies, projects and big dreams of having another great year.

For some teachers & students those dreams are definitely going to come true because of companies/organizations like Staples, DonorsChoose.org & the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF).


Last week I was one lucky girl, as I was able to visit the newly renovated Ralph J. Bunche Middle School while they held a pep rally for a major announcement that would affect Atlanta teachers & students this school year.


Watch this video taken by Daphne (Mushy Mamma), as APS Superintendent Dr. Meria Carstarphen gets the crowd hype about what we are about to learn!

It was very suspenseful because not even the students knew what the assembly was about, but honestly any reason to get out of class for a minute and go to the auditorium is cool!

3 Reasons Why Atlanta Teacher are Winning in 2015 with Staples!

1. Staples has pledged 10 millions dollars to Think it Up, a new national initiative of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, which will also cover over 200 school projects submitted by Atlanta teachers.

“I’m happy to celebrate this donation from Staples to help teachers in Atlanta Public Schools,” said WSB-TV Channel 2 Action News Anchor Jovita Moore. “We’re having a real impact on children’s education, thanks to Think It UpTM, its partnership with DonorsChoose.org and Staples’ commitment to supporting classrooms.”

2. Atlanta Public School system is the first school system to be funded with the new Think it Up™ program which gives our children a great start to a new school year.

Danielle Campbell, actress and Think It Up ambassador, also attended the announcement in support of Atlanta’s students and teachers.

“I’m proud to join EIF’s Think It Up movement and help kick off the school year in a big way for students and teachers in Atlanta Public Schools,” Campbell said. “I’ve had the privilege of working here a lot over the last few years, so Atlanta has become a second hometown to me. It’s wonderful to know that Staples’s investment today will bring to life meaningful learning experiences for so many of the city’s young people,” she added.

3. Atlanta area teachers will not have to postpone or cancel certain products due to lack of funds. Children will now be able to experience new opportunities & learn new things because the supplies for every project will be available.

Most teachers spend on average $400 of their own money to provide materials for their classroom. This helps take the burden off of many teachers.

“We are so grateful to Staples for their support of teachers and students through Think It UpTM,” said Charles Best, founder and CEO of DonorsChoose.org. “Their incredible gesture today will ensure that Atlanta teachers won’t have to dig as deep into their own pockets to pay for classroom supplies, and that students will have the materials they need to start the school year right.”


How does this work?

Think it Up, a new national initiative of the Entertainment Industry Foundation that seeks to inaugurate a new movement in support of students, teachers and schools, helping create a culture of excitement about learning everywhere in America.

This fall, Think It Up, in partnership with DonorsChoose.org, will launch a platform to fund student-powered, teacher-led learning projects in classrooms across the country. I wish something like this was around when I was middle & high school. I could only imagine the possibilities. When you are exposed to more, you learn more and have a wider perspective.

The flash funding in Atlanta is part of Staples’ $10 million pledge to Think It Up which will inspire students to pursue their passions by working on collaborative learning projects. To help support the Think It Up movement, customers can donate one dollar at a Staples store near them or visit www.thinkitup.org to learn more.

Customers can help support Think It Up by donating at their local Staples store.

Win a $50,000 Scholarship and VIP Red Carpet Experience

Fans can enter the #StaplesforStudents sweepstakes for a chance to win a $50,000 scholarship and a VIP Red Carpet Experience. Fifty lucky winners will fly to Los Angeles with a friend to attend a star-studded Think It Up event. One lucky grand prize winner will win the trip to Los Angeles and a $50,000 scholarship.

Visit www.staples.com/scholarship to learn about different ways to earn entries and increase chances of winning, including making an in-store purchase, sending a tweet, signing up for e-mail and more. Entries must be submitted before 11:59PM ET on Aug. 22 and participants must be 13 years or older.

Disclosure: I received a promotional item for attending this event. 



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  • Irene (Rivka) Krasnoff
    August 12, 2015 at 7:39 pm

    Love the Think It Up Project! We need our students to be creative and analytical especially in a world that is becoming more and automated. Great video! I can feel the energy & enthusiasm.