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Think It Up! Staples Donates to Local Area Schools

Thank you, Staples, for making me like you even more. Truth be told you had me, years ago, with this ad:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iz56prGBiS8
It’s not enough that you are our go to for all things school and office, but now this?

Staples and Joe Kelly Support Boston, Cambridge and MetroWest Teachers with Think It Up™

Joe Kelly, Kirk Saville

Staples announced that it has funded 214 local classroom projects in the Boston, Cambridge and MetroWest communities, as part of its recent pledge (in the amount of $10 million) to Think it Up™, a new national initiative of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) is looking to start a new movement in support of students, teachers and schools, by creating a culture of excitement about learning everywhere in America. This fall, Think It Up, in partnership with DonorsChoose.org, will look to fund student-powered, teacher-led learning projects in classrooms across the country.

Red Sox Pitcher and Think It Up ambassador Joe Kelly attended the announcement in support of Boston’s students and teachers. “It’s great knowing this generous donation will help make meaningful learning projects happen in classrooms throughout the Boston area, thanks to Think It Up, DonorsChoose.org, and Staples’ commitment to supporting students,” Kelly said.

DonorsChoose.org  was founded in 2000, and has helped fund more than 236,000 classroom projects for teachers and helped more than 14 million students. Today, in the Greater Boston area, Staples fully funded every project on DonorsChoose.org in Boston Public Schools, Cambridge Public Schools and MetroWest communities. More than $204,000 was donated to help 173 teachers fulfill classroom needs and helped 14,063 students across 85 schools in the Greater Boston area.

“We’re thrilled to fund all of the projects in the Boston, Cambridge and Metrowest communities and to work with the Entertainment Industry Foundation’s Think It Up initiative and DonorsChoose.org to ensure classrooms have the supplies and resources they need,” said Alison Corcoran, senior vice president, North American stores and online marketing, Staples. “Through our Staples for Students program, we’re proud to build on our rich history of supporting education with our $10 million pledge to Think It Up that will make a difference in America’s classrooms.”

I know a few teachers (I’m even related to a few) so I know it’s true that teachers spend their own money for their classrooms so this is an especially important initiative.

How can you help? Support Think It Up, you can donate a dollar at a Staples store or visit http://www.thinkitup.org to learn more.

I did receive a gift card from Staples (oh, happy day) which I plan on using immediately. Thank you, Staples. All opinions are, and always will be, my own, and my love for that ad is for always.

Best Day of Work Ever – #AlwaysHoodCreamSweeps

Best Day of Work Ever – #AlwaysHoodCreamSweeps at The Framingham Food Truck Festival of New England

Seriously, if you know me you know I actually do brake for food trucks. Just ask my friend Sharon – although we had just had lunch an hour before, I made her pull over to sample a food truck I had been wanting to visit and when we saw it – it was time to eat again!

Love food trucks and love the Food Truck Festivals of New England, so when I was invited to judge (yes, judge!) the “Cream of the Crop” contest, there was no hesitating, I was on board!

My co-hosts include Chris Coombs who is as funny as he is talented as a chef (really), Ashley Patrician (lovely) from the Street Team at Hot 96.9 FM (a really fun radio station) and IMG_1503Kristen Perry, she’s super nice and a consummate foodie and Associate Marketing Manager for HP Hood.

What a fun day! I parked at the middle school and took the shuttle over to Bowditch Field – the shuttles were well-organized and ran continuously throughout the day – I chatted with my seatmate (I know, so unlike me) and found out she was the winner of a Hood contest and had won $50 in food truck dollars! Nice contest! I also had to jump the fence (you can see it behind us) to get to our booth – luckily I made it over without incident.

Then let the tasting begin! There were so many wonderful entries to choose from, it honestly wasn’t easy to choose. It was super easy to taste. Note – this was the best day of work ever. There were pasta dishes (yum, mac and cheese), a gorgeous scallop with caviar (I actually got to ask “Is there caviar in my teeth?” And that never happens), and quite a few desserts both beautiful and delicious.

The competition was fierce and Mei Mei Street Kitchen was the winner (they presented two gorgeous dishes) and the prize was one thousand dollars and a year’s supply of Hood cream. Nice!

Although I had tasted quite a bit of food (ahem), I could not leave the festival without checking everything out. I wandered through the festival and ended up at Mei Mei for a kale salad with a pretty poached then fried egg on top. Delicious. I almost ordered another biscuit but decided to call it a day. What self control!

Don’t despair – there are two more Food Truck Festivals (say that three times fast) of New England – one at the Red Hook Brewery in New Hampshire and one in Newport, Rhode Island. Such seriously great food and fun – do not miss!

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