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Staples Foundation for Learning Awards Nearly $320,000 in Grants to Support Educational Programs for Disadvantaged Youth

October 14, 2008

Staples Foundation for Learning, a private foundation created by Staples, Inc., (NASDAQ: SPLS) announced today it has awarded 26 grants totaling $317,000 to non-profit organizations dedicated to serving youth throughout the country. These organizations were selected for their commitment to providing educational and job skills programs that help at-risk youth develop the skills necessary to become responsible adults and active members in their communities.

“Staples Foundation for Learning’s mission is to teach, train and inspire youth,” said Ron Sargent, president of Staples Foundation for Learning and chairman and chief executive officer of Staples, Inc. “We remain committed to supporting organizations throughout the country that provide educational programs that help youth realize their full potential and prepare them to be the leaders of tomorrow.”

Staples Foundation for Learning’s newest grant recipients include:

— Achievement and Rehabilitation Centers of Broward, Sunrise, FL — $10,000 to Youth Links, a program that enables high school students with disabilities to gain job skills.

— Albemarle Housing Improvement Program, Charlottesville, VA — $5,000 to Park’s Edge After School, a free after-school program that provides low-income children with academic tutoring and mentoring.

— Bay Area Women’s Sports Initiative (BAWSI), San Jose, CA — $10,000 to BAWSI Girls and BAWSI Women, which provide fitness and nutrition programs to low-income girls and women.

— Better Basics, Birmingham, AL — $10,000 to Reading Intervention, a program that pairs underserved youth with certified reading instructors to enhance their literacy skills.

— Big Picture Company, Providence, RI — $25,000 to College Unbound, a workforce development program that teaches students the skills needed to successfully transition from school to the job market.

— Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest, Marlborough, MA — $25,000 to Technology for All, an after-school program that teaches at-risk youth basic computer and technology skills.

— Building Educated Leaders for Life (BELL), Boston, MA — $10,000 to Springfield Education, an after-school program that provides low-income youth with academic enrichment activities.

— Crayons to Computers, Cincinnati, OH — $15,000 to Push for Pencils, an annual back to school supply drive that provides teachers with critical, basic school supplies.

— Flat Rock Brook Nature Center, Englewood, NJ — $10,000 to Solar Power Education Initiative, a program that teaches students the fundamentals of the environment, solar power and renewable energy.

— Graham Windham, New York, NY — $10,000 to Staples Parent-Child Literacy Project, which enables low-income, non-English speaking parents to become literacy role models for their children.

— Green Works in Kansas City, Kansas City, MO — $5,000 to Environmental Connection Opportunities for Students (ECOS), a yearlong program that encourages students to become stewards of their local environments.

— I Have a Dream, Houston, TX — $15,000 to support I Have a Dream’s mentoring program, which provides inner city youth with long-term mentoring relationships.

— InnerCity Entrepreneurs, Cambridge, MA — $25,000 to support InnerCity Entrepreneurs’ job mentoring program that teaches inner-city business owners best practices for success.

— John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, Boston, MA — $10,000 to Federal Budget Stimulation, a program that educates high school students about civics and economic issues.

— Kids Corporation, Newark, NJ — $5,000 to Mountain Classroom, an academic enrichment program designed to improve the leadership and life skills of underserved youth.

— Kids Discovery Museum, Bainbridge Island, WA — $2,000 to Arthur’s World Field Trip, a museum exhibition that encourages children to develop their literacy skills and love of books.

— Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Los Angeles, CA — $10,000 to LA Youth at Work, a job training/placement program that prepares disadvantaged youth for career success.

— Milagro Center, Delray Beach, FL — $10,000 to Milagro Mentoring, which helps disadvantaged youth develop the life skills necessary to achieve academic and career success.

— Neediest Kids, McLean, VA — $15,000 to Bridge to Success, which provides low-income youth from Washington, D.C. school districts with much-needed school supplies.

— Pacer Center, Minneapolis, MN — $15,000 to Project C3, a job skills program that enables youth with disabilities to increase their career opportunities.

— Philadelphia Education Fund, Philadelphia, PA — $15,000 to College Access, a program that prepares middle and high school students to succeed in college.

— Progress Through Business, Washington, MI — $5,000 to Tax Break, which provides low-income employees with tools and resources to increase their economic well-being.

— ProLiteracy Worldwide, New York, NY — $15,000 to National Book Fund, which provides local literacy organizations with strategic funding, training and literacy materials.

— Reading is Fundamental, Washington, DC — $25,000 to support a multi-faceted literacy program to increase children’s language and reading skills.

— SAE International, Warrendale, PA — $5,000 to A World in Motion, a program that increases the academic skills of students with learning disabilities.

— Team Read, Seattle, WA — $10,000 to After-School Reading Tutoring, an intervention program that helps struggling second and third grade readers improve their literacy skills.

About Staples Foundation for Learning

The mission of Staples Foundation for Learning, Inc. is to teach, train and inspire. Founded in 2002, the foundation has contributed more than $14 million to 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 has also developed lasting relationships with Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Earth Force, Hispanic Heritage Foundation and the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City.

In addition, Staples Foundation for Learning supports Ashoka, an organization that develops and supports social entrepreneurs around the world, in eight countries: Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Spain and the United States. For more information about the foundation or how to apply for a grant, please visit www.staplesfoundation.org.




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