As part of the Staples for Students campaign, the stars of “Pretty Little Liars” show — Lucy Hale, Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, and Shay Mitchell — are encouraging teens to make a difference this summer by collecting school supplies and dropping them off at their nearest Staples store through Sept. 17.
In addition, Staples customers will be able to get involved by donating $1 or more at any Staples store, with 100 percent of the local proceeds benefiting Cleveland students in need.
All school supplies and donations will be given to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland to ensure they get into the hands of disadvantaged youth just in time for the new school year.
The local Staples store for supply drop off is located at 4375 Keith St.
“We are all thrilled to be the force behind this year’s Staples for Students campaign,” Hale said. “After participating in last year’s backpack stuffing event and sharing my experience with my castmates, we all knew we wanted to be a part of this great cause which encourages teens to make a difference and help students in need start the school year off right.”
In growing the campaign since 2008 together with DoSomething.org, Staples has helped to raise nearly $2 million and has donated hundreds of thousands in school supplies for students in need throughout the country.
Past celebrity supporters include singers Jordin Sparks, Ciara, and Twilight star Nikki Reed.
“It’s hard to imagine sending your kids back to school without proper supplies, but the reality is that countless students face this challenge every year,” said Christine Mallon, vice president of retail marketing at Staples. “With help from our celebrity partners, Staples is ready to rally teens and the public to get out and do something for kids who need our help the most this upcoming school year.”
The Staples for Students campaign is offering easy, innovative and new ways for teens to get involved in this year’s programs. By visiting www.staplesforstudents.org, teens can sign-up or get more information to take action:
— Request an Action Kit: Whether it’s summer camp, summer sports leagues, or at neighborhood block parties, students can get tips, resources, and flyers on running their own school supply drives in their neighborhoods.
— Text SUPPLIES to 38383: Students will receive more information on how to begin their own school supply drive or find their nearest Staples drop-off location. (Standard text messaging rates apply.)
— Join a Pretty Little Liar: When teens log-on and select their favorite star from the campaign, $1 will be donated by Staples (up to $10,000) to the cause and in turn, teens will get exclusive, behind-the-scenes details from the actresses.
— Check in on Foursquare: Starting July 3, teens who check-in at any Staples store on Foursquare will also have a $1 donated on their behalf by Staples to the campaign (up to $5,000).
For more information, access www.dosomething.org, http://www.staples.com, or www.staplesforstudents.org.