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Staples Awards Grant to University for Literacy Project

March 17, 2011

Staples Foundation for Learning (SFFL), a private foundation created by Staples, Inc., (NASDAQ: SPLS), has awarded $3,530 to Palm Beach Atlantic University for the Book Boxes Project, a literacy development program for low-income youth and their parents throughout West Palm Beach.

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Palm Beach Atlantic University education students show off their book boxes to Staples representatives and faculty. From left, Ashlyn Arnold, Staples representative Jill LoMonaco, Jessica Whiting, Jhai Roberts, Sasha St. Louis, Dr. Tim Ladd, Dimitria Terpos, Dr. Chelly Templeton and Dorthenia Goodson.

"The Staples Foundation is committed to supporting non-profit organizations and programs that provide youth with educational and job skills, and inspire them to be active community citizens," said Amy Shanler, director of community relations for Staples, Inc.

The Book Boxes Project will provide teachers at the YWCA Child Development Centers of West Palm Beach and of Royal Palm Beach interactive literacy lessons to train parents to teach their children how to read. Palm Beach Atlantic education students who will participate in the project will be enrolled in one of two University classes: Early Childhood Guidance or Children’s Literature.

As a requirement of the courses, the students will choose a literature book appropriate for a child ages 3 through 5 and then develop at least four reading, math and language arts activities that address themes in the text. They will then create a “book box” packaging these activities, along with the book, in clear plastic storage boxes.

Education students will train parents and staff at the YWCA Centers on how to use "book boxes." Students will work directly with the children, modeling for parents and staff how to use the book boxes. Book boxes will stay at the YWCA Centers for families as part of a permanent resource library.

Dr. Chelly Templeton, associate professor of education, created the Book Boxes Project and successfully brought the program to our community. She is an expert in early childhood education with more than 20 years of experience in public school education both as a teacher and administrator.

The grant received from the Staples Foundation covers the costs to create the book boxes and will cover student/faculty travel expenses to and from the YWCA Centers. The primary goal of the project is to prepare low-income children to read and learn.

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 and

Palm Beach Atlantic University is a private, independent university offering undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees, with campuses in West Palm Beach, Orlando and Wellington. The University is dedicated to the integration of Christian principles to prepare students for learning, leadership and service. For additional information, visit our Web site:

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