Recycle for Education Computer Lab Contest Enters Final Drive

One week to go before 10 Canadian schools can say "that was easy" about 
winning $25,000 computer lab 
TORONTO, Feb. 15, 2013 /CNW/ - Canadian schools have another week to highlight 
their commitment to the environment and earn a chance to win the technology 
tools to help students succeed. 
Staples Canada's Recycle for Education Computer Lab contest, held this year in 
collaboration with Earth DayCanada, is into its final week of submissions. The 
contest closes on Friday, Feb. 22 at midnight ET. For every school that 
enters, Staples is donating $25 to Earth DayCanada. 
"Hundreds of schools across the country have demonstrated their commitment to 
the environment and we want to keep the momentum going, both for the benefit 
of students and our planet," said Steve Matyas, president of Staples Canada. 
To enter, one student from every publicly funded Canadian elementary or 
secondary school can submit a principal-approved short paper (one page) on how 
his or her school has become environmentally responsible. Students can submit 
entries at, or on the Staples Canada Facebook 
"We work closely with teachers across the country to help develop programs 
designed to teach students about the importance of sustainability," said Jed 
Goldberg, president of Earth DayCanada. "The Recycle for Education contest 
offers schools a terrific incentive to use technology to research and 
implement new strategies for environmental initiatives." 
Schools from every region in Canada will win, in accordance with the following 

    --  British Columbia and Yukon: 2 labs
    --  Alberta, Northwest Territories and Nunavut: 2 labs
    --  Saskatchewan and Manitoba: 1 lab
    --  Ontario: 2 labs
    --  Quebec: 2 labs
    --  PEI, Newfoundland & Labrador, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia: 1

The principal of one of last year's winners, Langstaff Secondary School in 
Richmond Hill, ON, said the recognition has given a huge boost to the entire 
school community.

"The benefits of winning the Recycle for Education grant from Staples were 
numerous. Firstly, the award recognized the efforts of the students and staff 
on various environmental projects. It also enabled the school to convert an 
outdated computer lab into a state-of-the-art Digital Media Lab complete with 
new computers, a mounted LCD projector and a document camera. As a result, the 
visual arts and technology students are able to extend their learning beyond 
what was possible before winning the grant. The students, staff and parents 
deeply appreciate the support provided by Staples."

The papers will be judged by seven industry experts and the winning schools 
will be announced in early April.

For more information on Staples' environmental programs, or how schools can 
get a free ink cartridge bin, please visit

About Staples Canada
Staples, Canada's largest office products company is committed to providing 
Canadians with a wide choice of office services and products. Serving all 
types of business - from the small home office to large enterprise - Staples 
makes it easy for customers to operate their offices efficiently and 
affordably by offering an extensive selection of office supplies, technology, 
electronics and office furniture as well as business services, including 
computer repair and maintenance, and copy and print services. Operating as 
Bureau en GrosMC in the province ofQuebecand Staples Canadain all other 
provinces, the company employs over 15,000 associates at 330+ stores and at 
their head office in RichmondHill, Ontario. Ranked as one of Canada's top 
ten Canadian companies in Marketing Magazine's Marketing/Leger 2011 Corporate 
Reputation Survey, Staples/Bureau en Gros is dedicated to offering customers 
the highest level of service, whether they choose to shop in-store, by 
catalogue or online. Staples Canada/Bureau en Gros also is invested in a 
number of corporate giving programs that actively support environmental, 
educational and entrepreneurial initiatives in Canadian communities from coast 
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About Earth DayCanada Earth DayCanada (EDC), a national environmental charity 
founded in 1990, provides Canadians with the practical knowledge and tools 
they need to lessen their impact on the environment. In 2004 it was recognized 
as the top environmental education organization in North America, for its 
innovative year-round programs and educational resources, by the 
Washington-based North American Association for Environmental Education, the 
world's largest association of environmental educators. In 2008 it was chosen 
as Canada's "Outstanding Non-profit Organization" by the Canadian Network for 
Environmental Education and Communication. EDC regularly partners with 
thousands of organizations in all parts of Canada. To donate to Earth 
DayCanada, please

Valerie Outmezguine , PR Specialist Staples Canada 905.737.1147 x 2426

 Keith Treffry, Director of Communications Earth Day Canada 416.599.1991 x 

Image with caption: "Students at Joseph Giles Elementary School in Dartmouth, 
N.S., use the tablets they won in the Staples' 2011-2012 Recycle for Education 
Computer Lab Contest (CNW Group/Staples Canada Inc.)". Image available at:

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