Staples, a corporate sponsor for City Year Boston, recently made a nationwide donation to support all of our City Year sites across the country. Staples generously offered to send one school supply kit to each of our 2017-2018 City Year teams as well as one school supply kit to each of our national 2017-2018 school partners. This equates to 650 total school supply kits! This became one of the first large-scale, network-wide corporate projects in City Year’s history.

The week of October 10 – 13th, City Year staff distributed these kits to schools across the country; one for each team and one for each school partner. Each kit contained: 1 ream 8 ½” x 11” copy paper, 4-pack dry erase markers, 6 dozen #2 yellow pencils, 4-pack invisible tape, 4-pack glue sticks, 8 GB USB 2.0 flash drive, 3-pack pink wedge erasers, and a dual dome pencil sharpener. Each box that was opened, each item that was pulled out, brought joy to City Year teams and principals alike.

Upon opening her box, one principal screamed with delight and said “All of this, for our school? This is so exciting! Thank you City Year and thank you Staples!” One principal laughingly said “This ream of paper is for the office and the other items are going to my teachers. They work so hard, they deserve these gifts.”

This amazing donation won’t last the entire year, but it will make a difference in the lives of our AmeriCorps members, teachers, principals and most importantly, our students. Thank you Staples! To see the reaction of City Year teams and schools across the country, on Twitter search for the hashtags #staplesgivesback or #stapleslife.

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