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Tampa School Wins $5,000 Gift Certificate From Staples the Office Superstore
WESTBOROUGH, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 6, 1998--

    Paul R. Wharton Senior High School to Receive School Supplies and
    Visit From Tampa Bay Buccaneers Head Coach as Winner of
    "Staples Coach of the Week"

Staples Inc., pioneer of the office supplies superstore industry, recently announced that Paul R. Wharton Senior H.S. in Tampa, Fla., will receive a $5,000 Staples gift certificate for school supplies as the winner of the "Staples Coach of the Week" program. The school also will receive a visit from Tony Dungy, head coach of the Tampa Bay Bucaneers, who was named the "Staples Coach of the Week" for the game against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday November 1st.

Tampa Bay Bucaneers coach Tony Dungy will visit Paul R. Wharton Senior High School on Tuesday, November 24 at 9 a.m.

The "Staples Coach of the Week" program is run in partnership with the National Football League and CBS. Each week, one head coach whose team played an outstanding game, is honored by NFL representatives. An independent judging organization randomly selects an entry sent in on behalf of an accredited K-12 school in that NFL team's area. The winning school receives a $5,000 Staples gift certificate along with a visit from the chosen "Coach of the Week." A school winner is drawn weekly during the NFL season through December 21 and announced every Sunday during the THE NFL TODAY pre-game show on CBS. Paul R. Wharton Senior High School is the 9th of 17 winners in the sweepstakes this year.

According to Paul R. Wharton Senior High School Principal Mitch Muley, "We are overwhelmed by the selection of Wharton High School as the recipient of a $5,000 gift certificate from Staples. It is this kind of partnership which goes a long way in making schools and businesses work together for the betterment of the students."

"Supporting education has always been a priority for Staples. We recognize that schools today are in need of basic supplies to keep their classrooms and administrative offices operating smoothly, and ultimately to successfully educate our students," said Thomas G. Stemberg, chairman and chief executive officer, Staples Inc.

Schools can still enter on line at or by sending in an entry to the Staples "Coach of the Week" program, P.O. Box 66140, Washington, D.C. 20035.

Staples Inc. is a $5 billion retailer of office supplies, furniture and technology to consumers and business from home based businesses to Fortune 50 companies in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Germany. Headquartered outside Boston, Staples invented the office superstore concept and today is the largest operator of office superstores in the world. The Company has over 37,000 employees serving customers through more than 870 office superstores, mail order catalogs and contract business. More information about the company is available at

     CONTACT: Staples Inc.                         
              Kathy Montal, (508) 370-8727         
              Paul R. Wharton Senior High School   
              Ms. Carmen Aguero, (813) 631-4710