School Specialty Continues "Gift of Education" Drive With Donation to New York's North Side School

GREENVILLE, Wis., Nov. 20, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- School Specialty, Inc. (OTCQB:SCOO) ("School Specialty", "the Company", or "@SchoolSpecialty"), a leading distributor of innovative and proprietary products, programs and services to the education marketplace, today announced that as part of its "Gift of Education" holiday campaign, the Company donated essential school supplies and learning materials to North Side School, a non-profit charter school specializing in education and early childhood development, operating out of eight sites in the New York City boroughs of Queens and the Bronx.

School Specialty interactive classroom booth at KidzVuz 2014 holiday event

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Students at North Side will be able to take advantage of vital learning tools from School Specialty and its partner brands, including Classroom Select furniture, Bird-In-Hand furniture (e.g. Tabletop Easel), Grasping Grammar Game, Teacher Created Resources Jumpin Chips Subtraction Math Game, Edupress Learning Well Science Lab Game Set, Flip2BFit Fitness In A Box Board Game, Sportime Penguin Bowling Set, Childcraft Magnetic Color Coded Words and Boards Set, Smartmouth Game, Educational Insights: the Sci or Fi Files Strange Science Facts and Fiction Cards, Speedball Screen Printing Tool Kit, and Jacquard Economy Tie-Dye Kit.

"On behalf of the North Side School family, we sincerely thank School Specialty for its generous gift of innovative classroom furniture and educational supplies that are so important to the teaching and learning needs of our faculty and students," stated Natasha Ganjian, Finance and Operations Director. "Through School Specialty's outstanding service, we are able to furnish 13 new classrooms across our sites. The care we received was just wonderful and went above and beyond our expectations. The team understood North Side's unique environment as a charter school specializing in early childhood education and development, serving the various learning styles of young students from across the city, and they collaborated closely with us to accommodate those needs."

The Company also announced its "Gift of Education" program at the KidzVuz (www.kidzvuz.com; @KidzVuz) annual holiday celebration for the mom blogging community, held on November 16 at New York City's Chelsea Piers complex. School Specialty joined KidzVuz, a leading online-kid-review network, and 100 of the top mom bloggers from the Northeast and their kids for an afternoon of entertainment, exploration and education.

As an event sponsor, School Specialty hosted an interactive classroom experience, showcasing many of its 21st century learning solutions and providing tons of fun for kids on site. Among the products featured were the Learning Resources Starter Cube Set, Heinemann Raintree Tales of Invention Books Set, Elenco Electronics Mini Torso Model, Learning Resources Primary Measurement Kit, Educational Insights Story Sparkers! Library, Scratch-Art Photo Frame, Kolorfast Pre-Cut Tissue Flower Kit, Color Pack, and more!

Kids were able to interact at the School Specialty booth across three subject areas:

  • Art: building paper flowers; creating scratch art picture frames
  • Math/Science: human torso modeling; weights and measurements games; discover/invention kits
  • Language Arts: sentence creation boards; story starter dice; story generation card games

Additionally, parents were able to enjoy a reading space with their children or take a break to Tweet and Instagram from School Specialty's booth. A number of products were up for grabs by winners of games played at the booth. Mom bloggers were also given the opportunity to review School Specialty products. Their reviews can be seen on Pinterest at http://www.pinterest.com/schoolspecialty/giftofedu-blogger-reviews/.

twiniversity's Natalie Diaz posted, "Before I close my eyes tonight, I just want to thank the wonderful people at @kidzvuz for allowing the twins and I to spend a wonderful day playing, snacking, learning about new products, and toasting (with coffee of course) the upcoming holidays with friends. I don't know how you guys do it. #kidzvuzHoliday."

It was an awesome kick-off of the holiday season for School Specialty with the KidzVuz organization and other brand sponsors such as HP, Annie Movie and Keurig. Children and parents in attendance were able to scoop up lots of cool tools and gear.

For more information on how to participate in School Specialty's "Gift of Education" program, please visit the Company's website/landing page: https://store.schoolspecialty.com/OA_HTML/xxssi_ibeCampaignPage.jsp?docName=G2424401&minisite=10206.

About School Specialty, Inc.

School Specialty is a leading distributor of innovative and proprietary products, programs and services to the education marketplace. The Company designs, develops, and provides educators with the latest and very best school supplies, furniture and both curriculum and supplemental learning resources. Working in collaboration with educators, School Specialty reaches beyond the scope of textbooks to help teachers, guidance counselors and school administrators ensure that every student reaches his or her full potential. For more information about School Specialty, visit www.schoolspecialty.com.

CONTACT: Company Contact: Dru Popper-Lopez School Specialty, Inc. Tel: 920-243-5292 Email: dru.popper-lopez@schoolspecialty.com Media Relations Contacts: Glenn Wiener and Dionne Manchester GW Communications (for School Specialty) Tel: 212-786-6011 / 212-786-6068 Email: gwiener@GWCco.com / dionne@GWCco.com

Source:School Specialty, Inc.

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