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Staples Back-to-School 2002; Today's Most-Wanted Supplies and Classic Favorites; Top Ten Essential School Supplies at Affordable Prices for Students
FRAMINGHAM, Mass., Jul 8, 2002 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- It's that time of year again! Time for school bells, school buses and of supplies! With everyday changes in trends and technology, school supplies have had to keep up with the times but still remain affordable. Many of the classic supplies have truly evolved over the years and are revamped for today's student.

"It's back to basics," said Robert George, Senior Vice President and General Merchandise Manager for Office Supplies. "Students are looking for traditional school supplies to fit their needs. The products today are built to last and are made in eye catching colors."

Here is a sample of some essential school supplies for today's student according to Staples experts:

  1. Plush Packs- With all of the schoolbooks students need to carry through the hallways, it's important to have the proper support but still look fashionable. High quality backpacks by High Sierra(R) ($29.98-39.98) are made with a lightweight but durable fabric to withstand the elements of the school day and come in cool colors such as "calm springs blue" and "ready for red". High Sierra has created the perfect packs to fit different lifestyles including; the Board Pack, featuring dual straps with compression arms to hold a skateboard or jacket; the Pinnacle Pack, perfect for the commuter featuring a padded interior computer sleeve; and the X-Pack, featuring an organizer with zippered mesh pocket, pen pockets, a removable key fob and elastic shock cord on the front. All packs have large main compartments and a CD player pocket with a molded headphone port for easy listening!
  2. Undercover- The Original s-t-r-e-t-c-h-a-b-l-e book cover by Book Sox(R) protects books while still looking stylish with funky prints ($3.98) and bold solids ($2.98). No measuring, cutting or taping needed! These fabric book covers easily fit most books and are easy to wash and reuse.
  3. Get Organized- There's no need to buy refills for that daily planner anymore when you can store important test dates and appointments in the handy Palm(R) M105 Connected Organizer. Send and receive emails wirelessly and connect to the Internet easily. This high quality organizer is affordable for students at under $140.00!
  4. Computers for Commuters and Beyond- The Compaq(R) 4409 is everything a student needs in one box! This desktop computer retails at only ($799.98) and comes with the modem, keyboard, mouse and a large 17" monitor. A student on the go can conveniently tote the Compaq(R) 730 laptop computer from home to campus. It's affordable for students at ($999.00) and its competitive features provide exactly what a student needs to function on the go. It has plenty of memory, DVD-ROM drive and 14.1-inch screen. Both models come equipped with a built-in network card allowing them to easily plug into any phone jack - perfect for use in a dorm room, library or student lounge!
  5. Lock It Up- Protect your laptop computer from theft with a portable cable lock by Kryptonite(R) ($29.99). The padded key lock attachment fits directly into a notebook computer security slot. Simply loop the braided steel cable around an immovable object, insert the lock into the security slot and lock with the key. Your own personal security system!
  6. 2 Plus 2- Adding and subtracting can be fun with the advancements in calculators. A young student will appreciate a basic solar calculator by Merangue(R) with bold colors, large keys and an easy to read display ($5.99). Math and science lovers will want the Texas Instruments(R) 30Xa ($9.94). This scientific calculator performs everything from basic math to tricky trigonometry. For those who graph, the 83 Plus by Texas Instruments ($89.94) performs everything from algebra to calculus and defines many different types of graphs. Both calculators by Texas Instruments are permitted for use on many College Board exams!
  7. Keep It Together- Secure those important papers in a heavy-duty constructed binder by Storex(R). It features a contemporary design, three rings to hold up to 250 sheets, a label holder and molded tab pull, a translucent cover for easy view, is waterproof and made from 100% recycled materials! They retail starting at $3.48 and come in fun colors of blueberry, lemon, lime, aqua and grape. Don't forget the dividers!
  8. Hold It- Keep things in place with glue stics, glue pens and the classic glue - Elmer's. Elmer's(R) School Glue ($.25) comes in a 4 oz. shatterproof bottle, perfect for children. Its non-toxic glue easily washes out in soap and water. Perfect for arts and crafts, the disappearing color Glue Stic by Avery(R) ($1.98 per 3-pack) goes on purple to let you see where you've applied the glue then dries clear! The disappearing color Glue Pen also by Avery ($2.19 per 2-pack) it made in an ergonomic shape and its pen-style design makes it easy to control in hard to reach places.
  9. Cut It Out- Every aspiring artist needs a good pair of scissors for art class! Fiskars(R) for Kids ($1.44) is designed to open effortlessly and has oversized handles to provide the ultimate comfort for children using multiple fingers. They're made with corrosion-resistant stainless steel blades to withstand the paste and paints of the classroom. Acme(R) has made quality scissors for children, students and adults for over a century including a 2-pack of Junior Scissors ($1.24).
  10. Take Note! - Mead(R) Five-Star one-subject notebooks are a must-have every school year. They're built to last with a durable cover, 2 full-size pockets inside, planning guide, heavy-duty back, a spiral wire that won't snag and perforated pages for easy exiting.

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    About Staples Inc.

    Staples Inc. is an $11 billion provider of office supplies, furniture and technology to consumers and businesses from home-based businesses to Fortune 500 companies in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands and Portugal. Headquartered outside Boston, Staples invented the office superstore concept and is the largest operator of office superstores in the world. The company has over 51,000 employees serving customers through more than 1,400 office superstores, mail order catalogs, e-commerce and a contract business. More information about the company is available at


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