NASCAR Driver Tony Stewart & Office Depot Deliver ‘Technology Makeover’ To Local Charlotte School

By Auto News Log • May 25th, 2011

Local School Receives New Lenovo Laptop Computers, Lexmark All-In-One Printers And More; Donation Highlights Office Depot’s New Technology And Print Services Debuting In Charlotte-Area Stores

Boca Raton, Fla – The students and teachers at Collinswood Language Academy in Charlotte, N.C., received a very speedy delivery today!

Office Depot (NYSE: ODP), celebrating 25 years as a leading global provider of office supplies and services, partnered with NASCAR® star Tony Stewart, driver of the No. 14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet Impala in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series™, to deliver a “Technology Makeover, Courtesy of Office Depot’s Tech Depot Services” to Collinswood Language Academy.

Stewart made the delivery in person, arriving at the school behind the wheel of his No. 14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevy.

“I’m so excited to help Office Depot give the deserving teachers and students at Collinswood Language Academy a technology makeover,” Stewart said. “I’ve always believed that education is the foundation to success – no matter what career path you choose – and it’s important for teachers and students to have the tools they need to succeed, especially when it comes to technology.”

Collinswood Language Academy received 10 Lenovo ThinkPad Edge laptop computers, three All-In-One printers from Lexmark and support from the experts from Office Depot’s Tech Depot Services available at all of the retailer’s Charlotte-area stores. The Lenovo laptops are equipped with Webcam technology, providing the dual-language school with an interactive means to interview potential staff via Skype through the Visiting International Faculty Program (VIF). Collinswood Language Academy currently has eight teachers working at the school through VIF.

New Services and Experts Now at Office Depot Stores

This special school event is part of the launch of the enhanced Office Depot technology and copy & print services in its Charlotte-area stores, including the addition of Certified Tech Specialists who can guide customers through their technology purchase, help customers set up a new computer and network, provide ongoing PC support and even fix computers by the next day – guaranteed*.

Plus, Office Depot has in-store experts to help customers with their Copy and Print needs in Charlotte. In fact, dedicated Xerox-certified print specialists are at each store location to help customers create standout presentations, flyers and signs; customize business cards and stationery; design company logos, and help with mailing and shipping services from the U.S. Postal Service and UPS, seven days a week.

“Office Depot’s Copy & Print Depot and Tech Depot Services are designed to help our customers start, run and grow their business – whether that business is a local barber shop, educator, restaurant, or anything in between,” said Randy Wick, Vice President of Merchandising for Office Depot. “We are particularly proud to have the opportunity to put our products and services to good use with the faculty and students of Collinswood Language Academy. Today’s students will grow into tomorrow’s leaders, and having the proper technology in place is a key part of the educational process.”

Collinswood Language Academy is a K-6 Magnet school with a diverse student body comprising 582 enrolled students. It operates a dual-language program in Spanish and English. Over the past decade, the once failing school has been transformed into one of only 13 schools in its district to meet High Growth and ABC goals.

“I would like to give a heartfelt thanks to Office Depot and also to Lenovo and Lexmark for reaching out to help our school with much needed technology,” said Nicolette Grant, Principal of Collinswood Language Academy. “Having Tony Stewart take the time to personally deliver these products is something that our students and teachers will never forget, and the computers and printers will help our school continue to be successful for years to come. Plus, it is so fitting for Collinswood to receive this amazing gift in the 14th year of our dual-language program from the driver of the No. 14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevy himself, Tony Stewart!”

About Office Depot

Celebrating 25 years as a leading global provider of office supplies and services, Office Depot is Taking Care of Business for millions of customers around the globe. For the local corner store as well as Fortune 500 companies, Office Depot provides supplies and services to its customers through 1,641 worldwide retail stores, a dedicated sales force, top-rated catalogs and global e-commerce operations. Office Depot has annual sales of approximately $11.6 billion, and employs about 40,000 associates around the world. The Company provides more office supplies and services to more customers in more countries than any other company, and currently sells to customers directly or through affiliates in 55 countries.

Office Depot’s common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol ODP. Additional press information can be found at: http://mediarelations.officedepot.com and http://socialpress.officedepot.com/.

* In-store service from Tech DepotTM Services ordered by Noon will be ready by 6 p.m. the next day or you’ll receive a $25 Office Depot Gift Card. Excludes data backup/transfer and hardware repairs. PC must have Windows® XP Service Pack 2 or newer. See www.officedepot.com for details.

Source: Courtesy of MATTER, Edelman Sports & Entertainment Marketing

 

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