Stock the Lockers campaign raises more than $3,500 for Comox Valley students

A partnership between Staples and School District 71 continues to ensure students have the supplies they need all year long.

SCHOOL DISTRICT 71's Allan Douglas (left) and Julian Camp

A partnership between Staples and School District 71 continues to ensure students from across the Comox Valley have the supplies they need all year long.

This year, the store’s Stock the Lockers campaign raised $3,6450 for local students.

This is the third year that Staples staff and customers have done the fundraising campaign, which runs in late August and early September.

“It’s a wonderful partnership we have with Staples,” said Allan Douglas, School District 71’s director of elementary education. “We’re really happy to say it works really well meeting the needs of schools in our district.”

During the Stock the Lockers campaign, Staples staff collect donations through the till. The money collected is converted into Staples gift cards, and Douglas identifies the needs in the schools across the school district.

“I make sure all areas of the school district that have need are covered,” said Douglas.

In the last three years, Staples has raised almost $11,000 through Stock the Lockers.

“It’s been great for us,” said general manager Arnie Harnden. “Working with Allan has been great throughout the year. He’s always receptive to everything we do.”

Staples also supports local schools through its ink and toner cartridge recycling program. The store hosts Teacher Appreciation Day, and Harnden gives Douglas items connected to Teacher Appreciation Day throughout the school year.

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