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School Specialty Collaborates with Susan Gladden Interiors to Showcase “ENGAGE” Learning Environment at EDspaces 2017
Company helps advance 21st century educational spaces with innovative furnishings, supplies and equipment that support student success

GREENVILLE, Wis., Oct. 18, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- School Specialty, Inc. (OTCQB:SCOO) (“School Specialty”, “SSI” or “the Company”), a leading distributor of supplies, furniture and both curriculum and supplemental learning resources to the education, healthcare and other marketplaces, is excited to announce the Company has teamed-up with Susan Gladden Interiors, a highly-experienced commercial interior design firm, to demonstrate what a modern, 21st century learning environment looks like at the Education Market Association’s 2017 EDspaces conference. Attendees are invited to explore the exhibit hall classroom #2304 where breakout sessions will be held from October 25-27 at the Kansas City Convention & Entertainment Facilities in Missouri.

This year’s EDspaces will display unique learning environments created by today’s leading architects and designers. The showcase led by Susan Gladden Interiors is titled “ENGAGE” and will feature a collaborative learning space which incorporates elements of nature and engages all five senses, contributing to students’ increased creativity, focus and memory. The model room is grounded by a spiral-shaped herb garden with low, soft seating that encourages community. A variety of flexible furniture options radiate from this center, supporting individual, small, or large group learning. Technology is used to enhance rather than overpower learning, encouraging the teacher to move freely and engage with students throughout the classroom.

“We couldn’t be more excited to collaborate with the Susan Gladden Interiors team to bring to light the tremendous gains being made in designing 21st century spaces which inspire educational experiences that build the knowledge and skills of all learners,” stated Bryan Shark, Vice President of Sales – Furniture and Equipment at School Specialty. “The ENGAGE exhibition will show a range of innovative furnishings from School Specialty, including mobile and technology-enabled furniture items which can be easily configured to support diverse teaching and learning styles, as well as promote a comfortable and secure setting. We invite attendees to visit and share their views.”

ENGAGE takes into careful consideration that students are as complex and unique as they are diverse. The most effective learning spaces address the individual as well as the learner. Shark continued, “This is not only a showcase, it is a real-world representation of the projects that schools nationwide are undertaking to ensure their learning environments are designed and equipped to prepare students with the skills they require for a successful future. School Specialty remains committed to working with our partners to bring the necessary capabilities to classrooms so that every student has the opportunity to reach his or her potential.”  

EDspaces is the gathering place for architects, dealers, pre-K-12, colleges and universities, independent manufacturers, exhibitors, and corporations to learn about trends, and experience the latest products and services to enhance student learning. The event features CEU-accredited education – from experts both on and off the exhibit floor – that focuses on forward-thinking, sustainable design and the changing impact on 21st century learning environments. Leaders and experts of every discipline involved in facility planning, maintenance, and construction attend EDspaces to exchange ideas and strategies for 21st century learning. Find out more at http://www.ed-spaces.com.

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. Through its SSI Guardian subsidiary, the Company is also committed to school, healthcare and corporate workplace safety by offering the highest quality curriculum, training and safety and security products. Finally, through its SOAR Life Products brand, the Company offers thousands of products that sharpen cognitive skills and build physical and mental strength in fun and creative ways. From childhood through adulthood, they help individuals live life to the fullest – engaged, happy and well.  SOAR Life Products is a customized offering for hospitals, long-term care, therapeutic facilities, home care, surgery centers, day care centers, physician offices, and clinics. For more information about School Specialty, visit www.schoolspecialty.com.

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School Specialty Contact:                                                                            
Paul Ramos
Senior Campaign Marketing Manager                                                    
Tel: 603-718-4472                                                                            
Email: paul.ramos@schoolspecialty.com

Media 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

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