Staples Foundation, the private charitable arm of Staples, Inc., has awarded $2,000 to OLA Catholic School under a program that lets the company’s employees direct donations to the organizations of their choice. The grants are part of a philanthropic initiative created by Staples Foundation that allows Staples associates around the world to direct funding to non-profit organizations that are focused on education or job skills.

The program encourages local community engagement by awarding larger grants to organizations where associates are highly engaged in volunteering or fundraising – up to $25,000 per organization. The program, called 2 Million and Change, will award funds to organizations around the world, reaching more than $2 million in grants by the end of the year. In 2012, associates globally directed more than $2.1 million of Staples Foundation grants to 470 non-profit organizations.

“Staples Foundation is committed to making a positive impact in the communities where our associates live and work,” said Katy Dobbs, director of global community and giving for Staples, Inc. “Through our program, we are pleased to support our associates and the local non-profit organizations that matter to them most.”

OLA staff and students are grateful to parent Cathy Underwood for nominating the school to receive this award. This donation will enable OLA to purchase fifteen digital cameras, fifteen camera memory cards, fifteen camera cases, five microphones, and two camera tripods. Using this equipment for photography and video projects will enrich the curriculum across all grade levels. Some examples of classroom use are as follows:

  • Students in Kindergarten can create an ABC book with pictures of items that start with each letter of the alphabet.
  • Students in first grade can take still photos or shoot videos of groups of students acting out simple addition or subtraction
  • Students in second grade can create a video tour of their classroom while using cardinal directions (North, South, East, and West) to count the number of steps it takes to get from place to place.
  • Students in third grade can create an All About Me PowerPoint presentation, where they use photos that are imported from the digital camera within the presentation. PowerPoint presentations can be narrated with voice-overs that are recorded using microphones connected to computers.
  • Students in fourth grade can take photos and shoot videos related to a study on a biome. The photos and videos can be used with Animoto web-based software to create an edited video with background music, captions, and transitions.
  • Students in fifth grade can create a video book report to summarize a book that they have read. The students can use Animoto web-based software to add effects to their video.
  • Students in middle school can take photos and shoot videos when conducting a science experiment. The photos and videos can be used with Animoto web-based software to create a video lab report.