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Staples Teams With United Way To Fight Illiteracy

Staples Inc., parent company of Top 40 distributor Staples Promotional Products (asi/120601), has partnered with the United Way for the third consecutive year to create literacy kits for children.

As part of the United Way’s annual Day of Action on June 21, hundreds of Staples volunteers in 13 locations across North America will stuff more than 1,000 literacy kits, an increase from 11 locations and fewer than 1,000 kits last year. All kits are being provided by Staples Promotional Products and include two books, crayons, a coloring book and activities that reinforce the story to help improve literacy among young children.

“Staples is focused on improving education in the communities in which we live and work,” Staples Chief Culture Officer John Burke said in a press release. “By inspiring children in numerous locations across the United States and Canada to love reading, Staples is doing its part to add to the global impact of United Way’s Day of Action.”

This year’s focus is on summer learning and nutrition: The United Way plans to work with schools, summer programs, employers and other nonprofits to help kids succeed academically and physically.

“We’re excited to partner with Staples for the third consecutive year on Day of Action to raise the literacy rates of young children,” said Evan Hochberg, chief strategy officer for United Way Worldwide. “We’re grateful to all of the Staples employees who are dedicating their time and energy to create these literacy kits, which will help kids keep reading throughout the summer.”

In 2015, more than 385 United Way locations in 49 states and 21 countries mobilized tens of thousands of volunteers in their communities on Day of Action.