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Staples associate nominated Safe and Sound Schools for its efforts to improve school safety

NEWTOWN, Conn. – June 15, 2016 – Staples Foundation, the private charitable arm of Staples, Inc., has awarded a $500 grant to Safe and Sound Schools in recognition of its ongoing efforts to educate communities about proactive school safety measures.

Through a program called 2 Million & Change that allows Staples associates around the globe to direct more than $2 million in donations each year, a Massachusetts-based Staples associate nominated Safe and Sound Schools for a grant based on the organization’s commitment to creating safer schools nationwide.

“Gaining recognition from an international brand like Staples is a true testament to the impact Safe and Sound Schools is having on school safety,” said Michele Gay, executive director and co-founder of Safe and Sound Schools. “We are growing, we are reaching more communities, and our tools and programs are encouraging schools to rethink school safety plans, measures and practices. With support from organizations such as Staples, we can continue our community-wide education programs and help build stronger partnerships among parents, administrators, educators, students and first responders.”

Safe and Sound Schools is focused on a broad outreach effort in hopes that no other community has to endure a school-related tragedy. Just as the country has improved fire safety through better fire education and training, Safe and Sound Schools aims to improve other areas of safety schools face today.

For more information about Safe and Sound Schools, including free assessment tools, tool kits and resources, visit www.safeandsoundschools.org.

About Safe and Sound Schools

Safe and Sound Schools is a non-profit organization founded by Sandy Hook parents who lost their children during the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy. Winner of the 2015 SBANE New England Innovation Award for nonprofits, Safe and Sound Schools is dedicated to empowering communities to improve school safety through discussion, collaboration, planning, and sharing of information, tools, and resources. To get involved, visit www.safeandsoundschools.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 has helped thousands of organizations in 26 countries. For more information, visit www.staples.com/community.

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