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Nashville School Wins $5,000 Gift Certificate From Staples the Office Superstore
WESTBOROUGH, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 12, 1998--

    Akiva School to Receive School Supplies and Visit From Tennessee
    Oilers Head Coach as Winner of "Staples Coach of the Week"

Staples Inc., pioneer of the office supplies superstore industry, today announced that Akiva School, Nashville's Jewish Community Day School, 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 Jeff Fisher, head coach of the Tennessee Oilers, who was named the "Staples Coach of the Week" for the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday November 8th.

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 29 and announced every Sunday during THE NFL TODAY pre-game show on CBS. Akiva School, Nashville's Jewish Community Day School is the 10th of 17 winners in the sweepstakes this year.

According to Rabbi Yitzchok Tiechtel, headmaster of Akiva School, Nashville's Jewish Community Day School, "This couldn't have come at a better time, as we are in the process of building a new campus for the school, and are in the need of new office furniture and supplies. It is this kind of partnership that goes a long way in making schools and businesses working together for the better of the students. Akiva School greatly appreciates this special gift from Staples, and thanks Staples and the NFL for their commitment to education and community service."

"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 through December 21 at www.staples.com or by sending in an entry to the Staples "Coach of the Week" program, P.O. Box 66140, Washington, D.C. 20035.

Akiva School is a co-ed, private elementary school serving the Jewish population of Middle Tennessee. Akiva students are taught to be ethically committed individuals who value their past, engage the present and challenge the future. The school is recognized in the community for its high standards of education.

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 880 office superstores, mail order catalogs and contract business. More information about the company is available at http://www.staples.com.


     CONTACT: Staples Inc.
              Kathy Montal, 508/370-8727
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              Akiva School                                                 
              Rabbi Yitzchok Tiechtel, 615/383-3223       
              Nashville's Jewish Community Day School