The NYC Fund for Public Schools Announces This Year's Shop for Public Schools Program October 1-8, 2008

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The Fund for Public Schools announced today that its annual Shop for Public Schools program will take place from October 1 through October 8 this year. Formerly known as Shop for Class, the program was developed in 2004 by New York City's retail community and The Fund's Vice-Chair Caroline Kennedy to raise money for improvement and revitalization of public school libraries. For one week in the fall, participating merchants will pledge a percentage of proceeds or a flat donation to The Fund for Public Schools. The funds are awarded through a competitive grant program, Library REACH, which awards schools up to $10,000 to purchase books, furniture, technology and other resources to improve their libraries.

We hope that this year will be our biggest and best year yet. We are on pace to have a record number of retail locations. Our hope is that every New York City shop owner, be it the next door mom-and-pop store or a international chain retailer, will sign up to help New York City schools build libraries and buy books and technology that can make a significant impact on children's lives.

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The Fund for Public Schools announced today that its annual Shop for Public Schools program will take place from October 1 through October 8 this year. Formerly known as Shop for Class, the program was developed in 2004 by New York City's retail community and The Fund's Vice-Chair Caroline Kennedy to raise money for improvement and revitalization of public school libraries.

For one week in the fall, participating merchants will pledge a percentage of proceeds or a flat donation to The Fund for Public Schools. The funds are awarded through a competitive grant program, Library REACH, which awards schools up to $10,000 to purchase books, furniture, technology and other resources to improve their libraries.

"Shop for Public Schools gives every New Yorker the opportunity to support public schools through shopping," said Stephanie Dua, CEO of The Fund for Public Schools. "We hope that this year will be our biggest and best year yet. We are on pace to have a record number of retail locations. Our hope is that every New York City shop owner, be it the next door mom-and-pop store or a international chain retailer, will sign up to help New York City schools build libraries and buy books and technology that can make a significant impact on children's lives."

To date, the following merchants have signed up to participate in Shop for Public Schools:

A|X Armani Exchange
ABC Carpet & Home
Acorn - A Brooklyn Toy Shop
Alpha Engraving Company
American Girl Place
Arte Bebé
Barnes & Noble Booksellers
Bazaar de la Paz
Blue Bench
Blue Ribbon General Store
Blue Spoon
Books of Wonder
Borders
Buttercup Bake Shop
Candy Plum
Canvas, Paper & Stone
Charlotte Moss
Christian Dior
The Compleat Strategist
Crewcuts
Cynthia Rowley
Dangerous Mathematicians
Dinosaur Hill
David Yurman
Fishs Eddy
Harlem's Heaven Hat Boutique
Ivanka Trump
J. Crew
J & R Music and Computer World
Kenneth Cole New York
MacKenzie-Childs
Macy's
Madewell
Make My Cake
Marc Jacobs
N Boutique
Neuhoff Gallery
One Girl Cookies
Red Apple Group (Gristedes)
Saks Fifth Avenue
Sam Ash Music Stores
Samantha Thavasa
Shoofly
Staples
Super Runners Shop
Taste Harlem
Té Casan
Theory
Tory Burch
Tribeca Treats
Unique Boutique NYC, Fashion for Individuals
World of Disney® NYC

New York State provides $6.25 per student per year to buy library books. This is not nearly enough to grow and develop a vibrant library that can support student literacy. Since 2004, The Fund has raised approximately $3.5 million in support of library improvements, and Shop for Public Schools is key to this success. More than 250 public school library renovations across the city have been supported by The Fund for Public Schools.

The Fund for Public Schools, a nonprofit organization chaired by New York City Schools Chancellor Joel I. Klein and Vice-Chaired by Caroline Kennedy and Mortimer Zuckerman, works to improve New York City public schools by attracting private investment in school reform and encouraging greater involvement by all New Yorkers in the education of our children.

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