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 October 5, 2011

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CASIO JOINS OFFICEMAX IN SUPPORTING TEACHERS’ COMMITMENT TO EDUCATION DURING ‘A DAY MADE BETTER’

Working to Erase Teacher Funded Classrooms

DOVER, NJ, OCTOBER 5, 2011 — Casio America, Inc. is proud to announce its recent participation in OfficeMax® Incorporated’s annual A Day Made Better program, which honors 1,000 teachers across the country with $1 million in much-needed school supplies. Casio has jumped on board with OfficeMax to help erase teacher-funded classrooms by donating over $65,000 worth of graphing calculators. Casio graphing calculators allow students to create customized programs for education applications and feature advanced statistics, financial functions and more.

According to a study published by the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA), nearly half of all New Jersey teachers spend $500 or more of their own money each year to provide materials for their students. Furthermore, early childhood educators, pre-K through third grade, spend approximately $1,000 or more per school year.

“Teachers continue to address the shortages in school supplies and resources needed in the classroom by purchasing supplies from their own pockets,” said Takero Intonaga, senior general manager of Casio’s Calculator Division. “As a leader in educational technology, we want to reward teachers for their passion and dedication by giving back through this great initiative.”

Through A Day Made Better OfficeMax and its non-profit partner, Adopt-A-Classroom, worked with principals nationwide to identify deserving teachers based on their passion for teaching, innovation in the classroom, dedication to the profession and the overall success of their students. Selected teachers receive a package of classroom supplies worth $1,000 including a digital camera, swivel chair and one of Casio’s fx-9750GA PLUS graphing calculators. To ensure the donation matches the demand for classroom supplies, OfficeMax surveyed teachers and school administrators on their greatest needs. As a leader in educational technology, Casio is proud to be a part of A Day Made Better by providing teachers with the materials and resources necessary to integrate technology into the classroom and create dynamic learning experiences in the classroom.

To further underline Casio’s commitment to the classroom, Casio is inviting all teachers nationwide to enter a contest for an opportunity to win a classroom calculator set of their choice. The winning teachers from Casio’s contest will be able to select the model best-suited for their grade level, including but not limited to the following: fx-55 fraction calculators, fx-115ES scientific calculators, PRIZM™ graphing calculators, a prize valued up to almost $4,000. To register to enter, teachers can visit www.mycasioexperience.com.

History of A Day Made Better
Teachers spend approximately $1,000 out of their own pockets each year to offset school budget shortfalls and ensure that their students have the necessary classroom resources for learning1. OfficeMax’s A Day Made Better program, in partnership with Adopt-A-Classroom, aims to help end the need for teacher-funded classrooms.

Since 2007, OfficeMax’s A Day Made Better and its nonprofit partner Adopt-A-Classroom have funded more than 5,500 classrooms with more than $5.5 million in school supplies, and helped secure funding for more than 66,000 classrooms through donations to Adopt-A-Classroom.

To view a full list of the teachers receiving A Day Made Better surprise, please visit adaymadebetter.com/newsroom.

For additional information regarding Casio’s calculators, please visit www.casioeducation.com.

For more information about A Day Made Better, visit adaymadebetter.com. To learn more about adopting a classroom, visit adoptaclassroom.org.

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About Casio America, Inc.
Casio America, Inc., Dover, N.J., is the U.S. subsidiary of Casio Computer Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of consumer electronics and business equipment solutions, established in 1957. Casio America, Inc. markets calculators, keyboards, digital cameras, mobile presentation devices, disc title and label printers, watches, cash registers and other consumer electronic products. Casio has strived to realize its corporate creed of “creativity and contribution” through the introduction of innovative and imaginative products.

1 2005 National Education Association survey. Confirmed by an OfficeMax survey of teachers in June 2009