BOSTON, Feb. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Starbucks locations in New England are offering a little luck to customers and area children with a limited time only Leprechaun Latte beverage. Starbucks customers can celebrate St. Patrick's Day and enjoy the unique beverage knowing that 25 cents from every Leprechaun Latte sold will be donated to Jumpstart, a national children-focused literacy organization based in Boston, Mass., and their New England efforts. (Photo: NewsCom: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20060215/CLW501) The Leprechaun Latte, a peppermint mocha flavored beverage topped with green whipped cream, will be available at Starbucks stores in New England from February 15 through March 17, 2006. First introduced in 2002, the Leprechaun Latte was initially available in one downtown Boston store. The popular offering is now enjoyed by customers throughout New England and has become a highly anticipated beverage for Starbucks each winter. "The importance of literacy is a fundamental belief shared within the Starbucks organization," said Starbucks New England spokesperson, Jennifer Guebert. "We are excited to partner with Jumpstart and share in their passion for teaching and inspiring children to read." "We are excited to continue partnering with Starbucks to bring high quality learning experiences to preschool children throughout New England," said Rob Waldron, CEO of Jumpstart. "For 5 years, Starbucks has been a partner in our mission to work toward the day every child in America enters school to succeed, a partner in our efforts to educate our communities about the value of investing in early literacy, and a partner in our belief that every child deserves a chance for success." Official Growth Partner and National Sponsor of Jumpstart since 2001, Starbucks has assisted in building awareness for the organization and raising funds for its various programs. Money generated from the sale of the Leprechaun Latte will benefit pre-school children throughout New England. Last year alone, Starbucks New England donated over $13,000 to Jumpstart from the sale of approximately 53,000 Leprechaun Lattes. Experience the legend of the Leprechaun Latte at your local New England Starbucks. Photo and sample of beverage available upon request. About Starbucks Coffee Company Starbucks Corporation is the leading retailer, roaster and brand of specialty coffee in the world, with more than 10,500 retail locations in North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and the Pacific Rim. The Company is committed to offering the highest quality coffee and the Starbucks Experience while conducting its business in ways that produce social, environmental and economic benefits for communities in which it does business. In addition to its retail operations, the Company produces and sells bottled Frappuccino(R) coffee drinks, Starbucks DoubleShot(R) espresso drink, and a line of superpremium ice creams through its joint venture partnerships. The Company's brand portfolio provides a wide variety of consumer products-- innovative superpremium Tazo(R) teas and exceptional compact discs from Starbucks Hear Music(TM) enhance the Starbucks Experience through best-of- class products. The Seattle's Best Coffee(R) and Torrefazione Italia(R) coffee brands enable Starbucks to appeal to a broader consumer base by offering an alternative variety of coffee flavor profiles. About Jumpstart Jumpstart is a national early education organization that works toward the day every child in America enters school prepared to succeed. Through extraordinary attention in yearlong one-to-one relationships, Jumpstart inspires children to learn, adults to teach, families to get involved, and communities to progress together. Jumpstart is engaging 2,500 college students in service to nearly 10,000 children in 200 preschools during the 2005-2006 school year. Jumpstart's national sponsors include American Eagle Outfitters, AmeriCorps, Learn and Serve America, Pearson, and Starbucks. Jumpstart is a three-time recipient of the Fast Company/Monitor Social Capitalist Award (2004-2006) and has been called one of Worth magazine's Top 100 Charities. For more information, visit the Jumpstart website at http://www.jstart.org.