SAN DIEGO, April 20, 2016 —Guitars in the Classroom (GITC), a nonprofit dedicated to improving the quality of education for all students by expanding the role of music in learning, has been awarded $500 by Staples Foundation, the private charitable  arm of Staples, Inc., under a program that lets Staples associates direct donations.

“We are gratefuLAUSD TK Teachersl to our local Point Loma STAPLES- to manager Tony Boyle as well as his friendly staff for the way they are embracing our mission to teach through the power of song! They always help us get our copy and print work done well and on time. We’re now looking forward to welcoming them as program volunteers in the months ahead,” explained GITC founder, director Jess Baron. “Local relationships can make a world of difference right here at home.”

This grant is part of a philanthropic initiative created by Staples Foundation, which allows Staples associates around the world to direct funding to non-profit organizations that are focused on education or job skills. The program, called 2 Million and Change, encourages local community engagement by awarding larger grants to organizations where associates are highly engaged in volunteering or fundraising – up to $25,000 per organization.    (Photo courtesy of Todd Westphal, www.ishootamerica.com)

In 2014, Staples awarded more than $2.4 million in grants to 1,056 local organizations in support of education and job skills programs, including tutoring for pediatric cancer patients, job skills development for individuals with disabilities, school supplies, mentoring and more.

“Staples Foundation is committed to encouraging associates around the globe to make a difference in their local communities and through 2 Million and Change we enable them to directly support the programs where they personally see the greatest need,” said Emily McCann, senior manager of community and giving for Staples, Inc. Insert Non-Profit

“Our work in this particular community focuses on meeting the needs of students facing great economic challenges as well as those whose parents are serving in the military now or who have come home from a tour of duty to face the challenges of readjusting to civilian life. Most of these children have moved from base to base, have faced the hardships of missing parents who have gone away to serve despite great danger, and some have parents who have returned with injuries and PTSD.  In the presence of such troubles, making music can lift children’s hearts, impart joy, focus their minds on learning and give them important new creative abilities. We are so glad STAPLES is standing with us to give them the chance to play ukuleles, sing and write songs for learning together.”

Through its community and giving efforts, Staples and Staples Foundation have helped more than 7,000 organizations in 26 countries. For more information, visit www.staples.com/community.

About Guitars in the Classroom
Guitars in the Classroom (GITC) is a nonprofit dedicated to creating access to musical learning for all students and improving the quality of education by providing ongoing musical training and resources to educators. GITC trains, provides supplies and coaches teachers who wish to lead and integrate hands-on music with lessons in English language arts, math, science, social
studies and more. GITC’s work promotes teacher effectiveness, student engagement, collaboration, creativity, communication, critical thinking and academic achievement—essential skills for the 21st century. GITC is currently headquartered in San Diego, Calif. but has programs running in 32 states in the U.S. and Canada. www.guitarsintheclassroom.org

About Staples Community and Giving
Staples contributes to educational and job-related community efforts with a primary focus on disadvantaged youth, from literacy and mentoring to career skills development, through in-kind and monetary donations and grants from Staples Foundation, the private charitable arm of Staples, Inc. Through its community and giving efforts, Staples and Staples Foundation have helped more than 7,000 organizations in 26 countries. For more information, visit
www.staples.com/community.

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