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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Saturday, August 3, 2013

Santa Barbara Parents and Teens Help Boys & Girls Club of Santa Barbara in Need of School Supplies

Teen Actor Jake T. Austin Joins Staples and Boys & Girls Clubs of America to Promote Staples for Students National School Supply Drive

This summer, Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Staples (Nasdaq: SPLS) are teaming up with teen actor Jake T. Austin, for the 6th annual Staples for Students national school supply drive, to help kids get the tools they need to build great futures.


This summer, Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Staples (Nasdaq: SPLS) are teaming up with teen actor Jake T. Austin, for the 6th annual Staples for Students national school supply drive, to help kids get the tools they need to build great futures.

From June 30 to September 28, Staples customers can donate $1 or more at their local Staples store with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting local students at the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Barbara. Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need it most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. The Staples for Students school supply drive supports this mission by helping young people return to school prepared to learn and succeed.

The local Staples stores to make a donation are located at:

• 410 State St., Santa Barbara, CA

• 7015 Market Place Drive, Goleta, CA

“I’m so excited to team up with Staples and Boys & Girls Clubs of America for this great cause,” said Jake T. Austin. “I’m rallying my fellow teens to get involved to help make a difference in their communities by making sure students have the essential supplies they need to succeed.”

To kick-start the campaign, Staples will donate $125,000 worth of school supplies to the program this year. Staples and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America will ensure that all of the donations get to the local Boys & Girls Club of Santa Barbara in time for the new school year. Since 2008, the campaign has raised nearly $3 million for hundreds of thousands of students in need throughout the country. Past celebrity influencers have included Jordin Sparks, Ciara, Nikki Reed, the cast of Pretty Little Liars and Bella Thorne.

“It’s amazing to see teens and customers rally together each year for and give back to their local communities for this important cause,” said Alison Corcoran, senior vice president stores and online marketing at Staples. “With help from teen celebrities like Jake T. Austin to support the great mission of Boys & Girls Clubs, we can ensure that students across the country can start the year off right in the classroom.”

Teens are also encouraged to spread the word on social media. Starting July 15, they can visit the Staples for Students Facebook page where Jake will take followers through an exciting series of interactive mission videos to help drive donations. As missions are completed, teens will be rewarded with donations on their behalf to Boys & Girls Clubs, coupon codes for school supplies and other exciting surprises.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of America

For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (GreatFutures.org) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, more than 4,000 Clubs serve some 4 million young people annually through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native American lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun, friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Priority programs emphasize academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 57 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at http://www.bgca.org/facebook and http://bgca.org/twitter.

About Staples:

Staples is the world’s largest office products company and second largest internet retailer. For 26 years, Staples has served the needs of business customers and its vision is to provide every product businesses need to succeed. Through its world-class retail, online and delivery capabilities, Staples offers office supplies, technology products and services, facilities and breakroom supplies, furniture, copy and print services and a wide range of other product categories. With thousands of associates worldwide dedicated to making it easy for businesses of all sizes, Staples operates throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. The company is headquartered outside Boston. More information about Staples (Nasdaq: SPLS) is available at www.staples.com. Follow Staples on Twitter at http://twitter.com/staples and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/staples.

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