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Staples Commits $10 Million to Help Fund School Supply Costs

Staples Commits $10 Million to Help Fund School Supply Costs

Staples, Inc. will be pledging $10 million to Think It Up, a movement designed to fund and facilitate student-led and teacher-powered learning projects.

"As a lead donor, Staples has teamed up with multi-talented recording artist, actor and Think It Up Ambassador Nick Jonas to help raise awareness of the need to support learning projects in classrooms across the country," said Patch USA.

The pledge aims to help the nation's teachers who are being forced to spend more and more of their own money to fund classroom supplies. Research and reports claim that teachers spend on average $400 of out-of-pocket money on supplies.

As a result, teachers are turning to crowdfunding sites such as DonorsChoose.org to turn to the nationwide community and seek funding of supplies for their classrooms.

"Beginning this fall through Think It Up, students will be able to work with their teachers to identify passion projects for their classrooms. Through this collaborative learning process, student-powered, teacher-led projects will be crowdfunded on Thinkitup.org, which is fueled by DonorsChoose.org," the article said.

Compared to Donors Choose, Think It Up lets students define what projects they want funded in order to achieve a level of excitement in the classroom.

"Our partnership with Think It Up and Staples for Students will provide students the access and funding for the resources and experiences they will value the most,” said Charles Best, founder and CEO of DonorsChoose.org, in a press release.

Those interested in donating to Think It Up can do so at their local Staples store. 

Read the full article here and comment with your thoughts below.

Article by Nicole Gorman, Education World Contributor

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