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School Specialty Joins with The School Art League of New York to Celebrate Student-Teacher Excellence with 2016 Art Education Awards

GREENVILLE, Wis., May 31, 2016 (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, joined with The School Art League and New York City Department of Education in its annual ceremony to honor outstanding art students and teachers at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium in New York City on May 26th.

The School Art League for more than a century (107 years since its founding in 1909) has supported art education and career development, giving recognition and encouragement to student artists and their mentors. Over the years, the trustees of The School Art League in collaboration with the New York City Department of Education have provided visual arts scholarships and financial awards to graduating seniors from New York City public high schools. In addition to honoring students who have excelled, the organization has recognized the teachers dedicated to advancing art education, including those who have been instrumental in nurturing the talents of scholarship recipients.

As part of the 2016 awards ceremony at The MET, six art students were commended for their distinction and presented with various scholarships and monetary prizes. School Specialty also joined The School Art League in presenting certificates of recognition and special financial gifts in appreciation of the six deserving visual arts teachers who inspired the student winners, including:

  • Maggie Chang of Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School
  • Kerri McKay DeJean of Bayside High School
  • Lara Hill of Brooklyn High School of the Arts
  • Spy Kontarinis of the Edward R. Murrow High School
  • April Lombardi of Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School
  • Greg Nachtmann of Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School

“We’re proud to celebrate the outstanding contribution that this year’s recipients of the prestigious Art Educator Awards have made to art education across New York City public schools,” commented Ed Carr, EVP and Chief Sales Officer at School Specialty. “These teachers have been tremendously supportive of their students and have truly inspired them to reach their full potential. We also congratulate the student winners, for their passion and well-deserved distinction. School Specialty is honored to collaborate with The School Art League in advancing education and career development in visual arts, and we look forward to working more closely with all our partners, schools and other educational facilities across North America in the years to come.”

School Specialty, through its innovative proprietary brands and third-party offerings, has served the New York public school system for several decades, providing supplies, furniture and various teaching materials to all grade levels, beginning in pre-K and through grade 12. Some of the Company's proprietary brands include Sax® Arts & Crafts, Classroom Select®, Classroom Direct®, Childcraft®, Abilitations®, SchoolSmart®, Sportime featuring SPARK, Premier Agendas™, Delta Education®, CPO Science™, Frey Scientific®, EPS, Hammond & Stephens, Brodhead Garrett, Califone®, and more.

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

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Glenn Wiener and Dionne ManchesterGW Communications (for School Specialty)
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