St. Peter Marian President Christopher J. Cummings along with Staples Assistant Controller and SPM Parent Lisa Prior-Stokes in the 21st Century Study Center being constructed at the school.

WORCESTER, MA: St. Peter Marian Junior-Senior High School has been awarded $3500 by Staples Foundation, the private charitable arm of Staples, Inc., through a program called 2 Million & Change that allows Staples associates around the globe to direct donations in the total amount of about $2 million each year.

St. Peter Marian President Christopher J. Cummings was elated with the donation which served as a starting point for a brand new study center at the school, “Our old library had become outdated and the space wasn’t being used to its potential. When we learned about the 2 Million & Change program from Mrs. Prior-Stokes, it presented a fabulous opportunity to create a 21st Century Study Center to bring together new technology and learning tools in a bright, creative setting to add value to the academic experience for students. We are very thankful to be chosen for this program through the efforts of Mrs. Prior-Stokes and the Staples Foundation.”

The school’s 21st Century Study Center will include new 3D printers, an assortment of e-books, e-readers and areas for individual and collaborative study sessions.

Created in 2012, the 2 Million and Change program is a philanthropic initiative created by Staples Foundation which allows Staples associates around the world to direct funding to non-profit organizations of their choosing that are focused on education or job skills. The program encourages local community engagement by awarding larger grants to organizations where associates are highly engaged in volunteering or fundraising – up to $25,000 per organization.

In 2016, Staples awarded more than $2.3 million in grants to 1000 local organizations.

“Staples is committed to giving back to the causes our associates are passionate about,” said Regis Mulot, chief human resources officer, Staples, Inc. “The 2 Million & Change program helps associates make and even greater impact on the organizations they support in their local communities.”

St. Peter Marian is a Catholic Diocesan school located at 781 Grove Street in Worcester near the Holden line.



Press contact:
Christopher J. Cummings, President

St. Peter Marian Junior-Senior High School

781 Grove Street, Worcester, MA 01605

508-852-5555 x 102
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