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$500 grant from Staples Foundation provides Lone Star Leadership Academy scholarships

Education in Action was awarded $500 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. Ms. Karen Alvarez, Manager of the Southlake location of Staples, nominated Education in Action for the award.

“We were elated to learn we received these funds! This money provided five $100 scholarships for outstanding young Texans on free or reduced meals to take part in our summer 2018 Lone Star Leadership Academy camps.” stated Jennifer Pasteur, Executive Director of Education in Action. “We want every nominated student to be able to take part in this unique educational experience. Thank you to Karen Alvarez, Staples Store Manager of the Southlake location, for nominating Education in Action for this grant and thank you to the Staples Foundation for awarding the funds and helping us fulfill our mission, to empower young people to be informed and active leaders in their communities.”

Created in 2012, the 2 Million & Change program is a philanthropic initiative which allows Staples associates around the world to direct funding to non-profit 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 – up to $25,000 per organization.

In 2016, Staples awarded more than $2.3 million in grants to 1,000 local organizations in support of education and job skills programs, including job readiness for homeless individuals, career exploration for high school students, academic scholarships, mentoring and more.

“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 an even greater impact on the organizations they support in their local communities.”

Education in Action, a non-profit organization, offers summer Lone Star Leadership Academy camps for outstanding Texas students. During the weeklong, overnight camps, participants experience significant Texas sites in Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin/San Antonio, or Houston/Galveston with Texas educators and a focus on leadership. Educators are invited to nominate their outstanding 4th-8th graders online at In addition, Education in Action offers one-day Discover Texas Field Trips for 4th and 5th grade educators and their students. For more information call 817-562-4957 or visit or #2millionandchange #EducationInAction #LoneStarLeadershipAcademy