Staples supports NEF’s Chromebooks for Classrooms campaign

Chromebooks donated to the Northborough Education Foundation. (Photo/submitted)

Northborough – The Northborough Education Foundation (NEF) has been awarded $5,000 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 more than $2 million in donations each year. The grant was awarded at the recommendation of NEF Secretary Dawn Palma and NEF supporter Amuna Biondi, both Staples employees. The donation was earmarked for NEF’s Chromebooks for Classrooms campaign, which kicked off in April 2016.

NEF president Marile Borden was excited to see this type of support from Staples Foundation.

“This grant from Staples will help NEF to put additional devices in our schools at a much more rapid pace than would have otherwise been feasible,” she said. “We are so appreciative to have the support of an organization who shares our ongoing commitment to education.”

The objective of the campaign is to provide the Northborough school district with devices to allow greater access by all students and classrooms. This will also ensure that Northborough meets the technology literacy standards set by the state of Massachusetts.

In addition to a few anonymous donations and the generosity of the community, the Staples Foundation grant has helped NEF to reach its goal of funding 200 new Chromebooks by the end of this school year.

“But that doesn’t mean we’re turning off the switch,” said Borden. “Two hundred was a goal, but we would be thrilled to surpass that and help supply the district with even more needed devices.”

NEF will continue to accept donations at through June 2017.

Created in 2012, the 2 Million & Change program is a philanthropic initiative which allows Staples associates around the world to direct funding to nonprofit organizations focused on academic 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.

For further information about the Chromebooks for Classrooms campaign and to donate online, visit If you are interested in making a contribution by mail, make checks payable to “Northborough Education Foundation” with “Chromebooks for Classrooms” in the memo line and send it to Northborough Education Foundation, PO Box 1094, Northborough, MA 01532.

Additional information on the Staples Foundation can be found at