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Washington School Wins $5,000 From Staples the Office Superstore; Vista Middle School to Receive School Supplies as Winner of
WESTBOROUGH, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 11, 1998--Staples, Inc., pioneer of the office supplies superstore industry based in Westborough, Mass., recently announced that Vista Middle School in Ferndale, Wash., will receive a $5,000 Staples gift certificate for school supplies as the winner of the "Staples Coach of the Week" program. The school will also receive a visit from Dennis Erickson, head coach of the Seattle Seahawks, who was named the "Staples Coach of the Week" for the game played against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, September 7th. The Seahawks defeated the Eagles 38-0 in their season opener.

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. The NFL then randomly selects a postcard sent in on behalf of an accredited K-12 school in that football 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.

"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 CEO, Staples, Inc.

Staples, Inc. is a $5 billion retailer of office supplies, furniture and technology to businesses from home based businesses to Fortune 50 companies in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Germany. Staples, headquartered outside Boston, Mass., invented the office superstore concept and is the largest operator of office superstores in the world today. The Company, which has grown earnings per share at a 38% compounded rate over the last four years, has over 32,000 employees serving the business customer through 830 office superstores, mail order catalogs and a contract business.

NOTE TO EDITORS: Information regarding award presentation and appearance by Dennis Erickson, coach of the Seattle Seahawks to follow, when date is finalized.


     CONTACT: Staples, Inc.
              Christina Erridge, (508) 370-8727
                or
              Vista Middle School
              Dr. Bill Parks, (360) 383-9370