Company to serve as Silver Sponsor and host Wi-Fi Lounge

GREENVILLE, Wis., Oct. 19, 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, today announced that it will be showcasing a variety of furniture & equipment offerings for 21st Century Learning environments at the Education Market Association’s EDspaces conference.  The conference and expo will take place November 2-4, 2016 at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati, OH.

As the Silver Sponsor of EDspaces, School Specialty will host a complimentary Wi-Fi hotspot on the show floor (Booth #1214).  This “Wi-Fi Lounge,” which will serve as a wireless hotspot for up to 30 users at a time, will simulate a technology-enabled learning commons area in a modern high school, and will include a range of innovative furnishings from School Specialty and its vendor partners.  Products to be showcased include mobile furniture items, which can be reconfigured into a variety of formations to support diverse teaching and learning styles, café style seating, and soft seating, which allows students to remain comfortable and enhances their enjoyment at school.  Attendees can take a break from exhibits to check in with the outside world in the Wi-Fi Lounge while learning more about the industry-leading products offered by School Specialty.

Jason DeWeerd, Vice President of Sales at School Specialty, commented, “We are excited to once again serve as the Silver Sponsor at EDspaces this year, and to highlight modern furniture & equipment solutions that support 21st Century Learning at the Wi-Fi Lounge.  The products that we will be showcasing will provide attendees with insight into the needs of the 21st Century Learning environment, as well as the benefits of cutting-edge, proprietary furniture and equipment for the modern student.  School Specialty maintains partnerships with the vast majority of vendors exhibiting at the event, and we believe the Wi-Fi Lounge will therefore serve as a comprehensive educational resource on how to enable 21st Century Learning success through deployment of the right furniture and equipment solutions.”

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.  The 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

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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Company Contact:
Andrea Johnson
Director of Marketing – Early Childhood and F&E
Tel: 920-740-2361

Media Contacts:
Glenn Wiener and Oliver Marsh
GW Communications (for School Specialty)
Tel: 212-786-6011 / 212-266-0227
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