CARSON, Calif., April 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Lakeshore Learning Materials, a leading developer and retailer of innovative educational products for schools and homes, today announced a brand-new program to provide much-needed support to local public schools. From now through April 29, 2017, customers visiting any Lakeshore Learning Store across the country can make a difference in their local community by donating to DonorsChoose.org, an award-winning nonprofit organization through which donors have funded more than 885,000 classroom projects for teachers and which has positively affected more than 22 million U.S. students.
Customers shopping at any of the 60 Lakeshore Learning Stores nationwide will have the option of adding a DonorsChoose.org donation to their purchase at checkout. Their contribution will be recognized on a donation card displayed within the store as a way of celebrating and personally thanking each individual who provides local classroom support. All donations from the program will directly benefit schools in the surrounding area—providing teachers with essential tools and materials to ensure a thriving learning environment for today's students.
Lakeshore is a longstanding supporter of DonorsChoose.org, working in partnership with the organization for nearly a decade. One of the many initiatives Lakeshore promotes is an annual giving program through the company's Gifts for Growing Minds holiday catalog. For every catalog order, Lakeshore donates $1 to DonorsChoose.org, resulting in more than $328,000 for public schools over the last four years. Like DonorsChoose.org, Lakeshore was founded on the mission of supporting teachers, students and classrooms. The new initiative announced today will help them increase their impact at the local level, and Lakeshore invites customers to join them in the spirit of giving to ensure that every child in their community receives a quality education.
"Lakeshore is proud to partner with DonorsChoose.org on this exciting new initiative," said Kevin Carnes, President of Education at Lakeshore Learning Materials. "By supporting schools in our local communities, all of us can create educational opportunities here at home and see the results of our efforts firsthand. We feel it is so important to support the mission of DonorsChoose.org—giving teachers the tools they truly need to ensure all children can reach their educational goals."
"We are so grateful for all the ways that Lakeshore Learning has helped teachers and students through DonorsChoose.org," said Charles Best, founder of DonorsChoose.org. "Lakeshore's commitment to providing the highest quality resources for teachers and students is rivaled only by the generosity of their staff and customers in supporting the classroom needs on our site."
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Lakeshore Learning Materials is a leading developer and retailer of top-quality materials for early childhood education programs, elementary schools and homes nationwide. Since 1954, Lakeshore has offered innovative learning materials distinguished by their quality, educational merit and safety. To learn more, visit LakeshoreLearning.com.
Founded in 2000 by a Bronx history teacher, DonorsChoose.org has raised more than $525 million for America's classrooms. Teachers come to DonorsChoose.org to request the materials and experiences they need most for their classrooms, and donors give to the projects that inspire them. To date, more than 2.5 million people and partners have funded projects on the site, reaching more than 22 million students and making DonorsChoose.org the leading platform for supporting U.S. public schools.
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