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Staples Foundation for Learning Announces New Grant Recipients; Funds Will Improve Learning Opportunities for Youth Across the Country

Thursday, April 17, 2003 7:00 am EDT

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FRAMINGHAM, Mass.

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"From after-school drama programs to increasing literacy skills for children with developmental disabilities, this quarter's grants support initiatives that will positively impact the lives of disadvantaged youth across the country"

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Staples Foundation for Learning, a private foundation created by Staples, Inc., (Nasdaq: SPLS) today announced it is awarding grants to 23 non-profit organizations. Grants through the Foundation are awarded four times per year to organizations that support programs that provide job training or educational opportunities for disadvantaged youth.

"From after-school drama programs to increasing literacy skills for children with developmental disabilities, this quarter's grants support initiatives that will positively impact the lives of disadvantaged youth across the country," said Ron Sargent, president of Staples Foundation for Learning and president and CEO of Staples, Inc. "We are proud that the Staples Foundation for Learning is fostering special educational and career-oriented programs to assist children in realizing their full potential."

This quarter's grant recipients are:

-- 24th Street Theatre's After Cool Theatre Club in Los Angeles, CA

-- Aid to Distressed Families of Appalachian Counties in Oak Ridge, TN

-- Arts on the Hudson in Jersey City, NJ

-- Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's Talent Development Program in Atlanta, GA

-- Big Brothers Big Sisters in Olympia, WA

-- Child Center and Adult Services in Gaithersburg, MD

-- Children's Therapy Center in Kent, WA

-- Crayons to Computers in Cincinnati, OH

-- Delaware Valley Earth Force in Wyncote, PA

-- ENACT in New York, NY

-- First in Your Family in Charleston, WV

-- The Home for Little Wanderers in Boston, MA

-- HOPE Tutoring Center in Arlington, TX

-- In-Sight Photography Project in Brattleboro, VT

-- Junior Achievement in Elyria, OH

-- LEAP in New Haven, CT

-- Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego, CA

-- Oklahoma Institute of Child Advocacy in Oklahoma City, OK

-- The See Forever Foundation in Washington, DC

-- Tumbleweed in Phoenix, AZ

-- Youth Development Corporation in Lansing, MI

-- Youth Service Charleston in Charleston, WV

-- YWCA of the Midlands in Columbia, SC

About Staples Foundation for Learning

Launched in August of 2002, Staples Foundation for Learning, Inc. is a private foundation created by Staples Inc. to provide funding to charitable programs that support or provide job training or educational opportunities to all people, with a special emphasis on disadvantaged youth. To date, Staples Foundation for Learning has awarded over $1.2 million dollars in grants to non-profit organizations and is a national sponsor of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. For more information about the foundation or how to apply for a grant, please visit www.staplesfoundation.org.

About Staples, Inc.

Staples, Inc. is an $11.6 billion retailer of office supplies, business services, furniture and technology to consumers and businesses from home-based businesses to Fortune 500 companies in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and Portugal. Headquartered outside Boston, Staples invented the office superstore concept and today is the largest operator of office superstores in the world. The company has 58,000 associates serving customers in approximately 1,500 office superstores, mail order catalogs, e-commerce and a contract business. More information about the company is available at http://www.staples.com.

Contact:

Staples
Joy Errico, 508/253-7957
Joy.errico@staples.com

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