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:
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, 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,, and Staples’ commitment to supporting students,” Kelly said.  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 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 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 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.

Healthy Schools, Healthy Minds and a gift card from Stop & Shop

Getting kids to make healthy choices is an on-going process (and for some adults, too) so it’s great when you have some new recipes to help out -and I always welcome a little creative help, especially from a nutritionist. So thanks to Stop & Shop for some healthy and yummy recipes to incorporate produce into easy to make and delicious recipes. We have a huge bag of apples we just picked and I need some healthy recipes (I can’t very well serve apple pie all day).  So here is a great healthy breakfast cookie recipe. They had me at cookie.

Stop & Shop is also offering to a reader a chance to win a $25 gift card – follow the easy instructions below.

Nutty Breakfast “Cookie” 

Serves 12

Preparation Time: 35 Minutes


  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ½ cup honey
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • ¼ cup pistachios, chopped (use other nuts or soy nuts if allergies are a concern)
  • ¼ cup cashews, chopped
  • ½ cup banana, peeled, mashed
  • 1 ½ cup apples, peeled, cored, diced
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 ¾ tsp. cinnamon


1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Combine eggs, vanilla, honey, oil, pistachios, cashews, banana and apple in large mixing bowl.
3. Combine oats, flour and cinnamon in separate mixing bowl.
4. Combine wet and dry mixtures until thoroughly mixed.
5. Separate into ⅓ cup portions. Place portions on parchment lined baking sheet about ½-inch apart.
6. Bake for 20 minutes, or until firm. Remove from oven and cool on cooling rack until warm.

Nutrition Information:

Nutty Breakfast “Cookie”  Calories 439; Fat 11.98g; Protein 12.94g; Carbohydrate 71.24g; Fiber 6.36g; Cholesterol 53mg; Sodium 23mg; Calcium 45mg; Vitamin A 110 IU; Vitamin C 2.16mg; Iron 3.89mg

This recipe was provided by Stop & Shop and they are doing even more to get produce into kids’ diets. How?

Stop & Shop and Produce for Kids are teaming up to host the second annual Healthy Schools, Healthy Minds campaign through October 20th, local shoppers can contribute to this cause and support your local schools by adding produce to their Stop & Shop shopping lists. During the campaign, participating fresh fruit and vegetable suppliers will make a donation based on consumption of their fresh produce items to, which will support local classroom projects.

Shoppers can be on the lookout for the Produce for Kids display unit, featuring characters from popular Sprout shows, LazyTown™ and Noodle and Doodle, in the produce section of their local Stop & Shop store. The more items shoppers add to their shopping lists, the more local classrooms will benefit!

Stop & Shop will also feature the Ideal Meals™ program from Produce for Kids in the produce department. Ideal Meals cards provide 12 quick, easy, and healthy chef-created/dietitian-approved complete meal solutions for breakfast, lunch, dinner and desserts.

Stop & Shop also has a fun Pinterest board- Family Sweepstakes – Party with your Produce.

How to win that gift card?a Rafflecopter giveaway

I received a gift card from Stop & Shop for sharing about this campaign.

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