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School Specialty Celebrates With Fox Cities Habitat for Humanity in New Home Dedication

GREENVILLE, Wis., May 6, 2015 (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, recently joined with the Greater Fox Cities Area Habitat for Humanity to welcome a deserving family to their newly renovated home in Hortonville, WI. The dedication event saw the celebration of homeowners, the Jenny and Bryce Family, along with all the wonderful volunteers and sponsors who provided their amazing support throughout the restoration process.



As a proud partner of the Greater Fox Cities Area Habitat for Humanity, School Specialty was honored with a commemoration at the April 30 'welcome home' ceremony for the Company's generous donations of inventory for warehouse sales that have helped the Habitat for Humanity ReStore group raise much needed funds to build safe, decent and affordable housing in the community. In particular, a March 2014 'School Specialty Sale' organized by Habitat ReStore saw many local educators, day care providers and others in need of quality school and office supplies at deep discounts, come out to contribute to the tremendously worthy cause. The event generated almost $70,000 in funds that helped with restoration efforts at the Hortonville home.

"It has been an amazing relationship working with the School Specialty team, and one that we hope continues to grow as we jointly transform communities and improve lives in the Fox Cities," stated Vaya Kiel, Habitat's communications specialist. "We're especially thrilled to honor School Specialty with this home dedication for their instrumental partnership and generosity. To the extended family of volunteers, we sincerely appreciate all that you do in support of Habitat for Humanity's mission."

School Specialty has been collaborating with the Fox Cities Habitat for Humanity for more than a decade, since 2002, and continues to support the organization through volunteered time/work and donated merchandise for sales opportunities. In 2014, the Company provided approximately $500,000 in school and office supplies to help raise funds that go towards the purchase of materials for constructing and repairing homes for Fox Valley families.

School Specialty's Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Laura Vartanian commented, "I want to single out the entire team at Fox Cities Habitat for Humanity for their tireless service and contributions in bringing affordable housing to those in need. It's a wonderful organization that has made such a meaningful impact on our community and on behalf of School Specialty, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. We celebrate with the family, their friends, all of the volunteer service teams, construction crews, other company sponsors, and community members, and humbly appreciate the dedication of this wonderful home in our honor. We look forward to an even stronger partnership with Habitat in the years to come and making a difference in the lives of others!"

For highlights of the Hortonville home dedication, please go to: www.facebook.com/103084983115010/posts/820391434717691

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: Media Relations Contacts Glenn Wiener or Dionne Manchester GW Communications for School Specialty gwiener@GWCco.com / dionne@GWCco.com Tel: 212-786-6011 / 212-786-6068

Source:School Specialty, Inc.