Katy Perry wished she had better education; Staples donates $1mn to help teachers
WORLD / U.S. – Staples is building on its long history of supporting teachers, students, and education by donating $1 million to DonorsChoose.org, a charity that has helped fund more than 450,000 classroom projects for teachers and impacted more than 11 million students. It is also teaming up with global pop music superstar Katy Perry to “Make Roar Happen” and celebrate and support teachers during the back-to-school season.
A recent Staples survey revealed that 75% of parents of teen students believe a lack of school supplies is a significant challenge for schools today. Most teachers spend an average of $408.71 of their own money each year to provide supplies and materials for their classrooms. Staples’ customers are invited to ‘Make Roar Happen’ and help their local teachers by donating $1 to DonorsChoose.org at their local Staples store or online at www.staples.com/makeroarhappen.
Katy Perry regrets not having much education
In a recent exclusive interview with Yahoo, Katy Perry expressed not having a better education as her biggest regret. She dropped out of high school in her freshman year, but she still had an inspiration in the form of her vocal teacher, Agatha Danoff. According to the Yahoo interview, Katy Perry was studying at Music Academy of the West and had no money to pay for her music lessons. Her music teacher looked out for her when she didn’t have the money to pay.
Katy Perry is paying it forward and teaming up with Staples for the “Make Roar Happen” campaign. Not only her partnership with Staples will raise the profile of DonorsChoose.org, the $1 million donation will help fund school supplies for thousands of classrooms of schools in the cities she will visit on her Prismatic World Tour. Her presence will also encourage others to donate beyond the $1 million contribution by Staples.
DonorsChoose.org – helping students, supporting teachers
Donations will be used to fund classroom projects in the community where the donation was made. “We so appreciate the tremendous support from Staples, its loyal customers, and Katy Perry, helping teachers and students across the country,” said Charles Best, Founder and CEO, DonorsChoose.org. “The hard work and dedication teachers provide should not come at their own expense. The ‘Make Roar Happen’ campaign is an incredible vehicle to help fulfill the classroom dreams of teachers and students.”
DonorsChoose.org is an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help students in need. Public school teachers from every corner of America post classroom project requests on the site, and you can give any amount to the project that most inspires you. When a project reaches its funding goal, they ship the materials to the school. You’ll get photos of the project taking place, a letter from the teacher, and insight into how every dollar was spent.
At this nonprofit website, teachers at half of all the public schools in America have created project requests, and more than a million people have donated $240 million to projects that inspire them. All told, 11.4 million students—most from low-income communities, and many in disaster-stricken areas—have received books, art supplies, field trips, technology, and other resources that they need to learn.
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