The Runnels School has been awarded a $2,000 grant by Staples Foundation, the private charitable arm of Staples Inc., under a program that allows Staples associates to direct donations to nonprofit organizations.

Nominating Runnels for the grant was alumnus Michael Smith (’98), who serves as a strategic account leader at Staples Business Advantage. He is married to elementary teacher Stacey Lerma Smith, who also is a 1998 Runnels graduate. They have two children attending Runnels.

According to elementary Assistant Principal and Grants Officer Beth Golden, the Staples award will help fund a new interactive whiteboard for a first-grade classroom.

Staples Foundation grants are part of a philanthropic initiative that allows Staples associates around the world to direct funding to nonprofits focused on education or job skills. The program, called 2 Million and Change, awards funding globally.

“Staples Foundation is committed to making a positive impact in the communities where our associates live and work,” said Katy Dobbs, director of global community and giving for Staples, Inc. “Through our program, we are pleased to support our associates and the local nonprofit organizations that matter to them most.”