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ADVISORY/ The 1999 Staples NFL Coach of the Year Makes an Appearance
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        Former St. Louis Rams Head Coach Dick Vermeil to Visit
        St. Charles West High School and Present School with a
                    $5,000 Staples Gift Certificate

           This visit culminates $85,000 in Staples school
                    donations nationwide this year

     WHO: Dick Vermeil, recently retired head coach of the St. Louis
          Rams and students, parents and teachers of St. Charles West
          High School in St. Charles, Mo.

     WHAT: Will participate in a student motivational assembly to
          celebrate their win of the "Staples Coach of the Week" award
          and a $5,000 gift certificate for school supplies from
          Staples.

     WHEN: Wednesday, March 22, 2000.
          10 a.m.

     WHERE: St. Charles West High School
          3601 Droste Road
          St. Charles, MO 14150
          (636) 946-0274

     WHY: Coach Dick Vermeil was named the "Staples Coach of the Week"
          for the game played against the San Francisco 49ers.

          Each week, NFL representatives honor one head coach whose
          team played an outstanding game. An independent judging
          organization randomly selects an entry sent in to Staples on
          behalf of an accredited K-12 school in that football team's
          area.

     NOTE: Coach Dick Vermeil, St. Charles West High School officials
          and Staples representatives will be available for interviews
          after the assembly.


     CONTACT: Staples
              Vicki Hughart, (508) 253-7895