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Surprise Donation of More Than $87,000 from Staples to Fund Local Classroom Projects through DonorsChoose.org

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Staples Helps Cleveland Teachers Create Positive Classroom
Experiences

Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ:SPLS) announced today that all 158 projects
posted by teachers on DonorsChoose.org in Cleveland received full
funding as part of Staples's $1 million donation to DonorsChoose.org, a
charity that has funded more than 900,000 classroom projects for
teachers and has positively affected more than 28 million U.S. students.

As part of the Staples
for Students
program, Staples continues to support education and
promote positive classroom experiences across the country this
back-to-school season. Staples funded the balance of all 158 projects
listed on DonorsChoose.org in Cleveland. With a donation of $87,813,
Staples impacted 128 teachers and more than 8,000 students in the
community.

For example, students in Mrs. Saxon's class at Nathan Hale Elementary
School will receive ecology demonstration kits to construct viable
ecosystems.

"We're so excited to be working with Lady Gaga, DonorsChoose.org and
Born This Way Foundation to help U.S. teachers have what they need for a
great school year," said Michelle Bottomley, chief marketing officer,
Staples. "Staples is a longtime supporter of education and, and we know
there's a burden placed on teachers to ensure that their classrooms are
stocked with the materials and activities they need to spark kid's
learning. We are committed to supporting teachers through
DonorsChoose.org and encourage others to fund a classroom project this
year so teachers and kids go all-out in reaching their full potential or
donate in one of our stores."

Lady Gaga and Staples collaborated to create a public
service announcement
that is currently airing nationwide, further
increasing visibility around the need to celebrate and support teachers
and students. Earlier in the summer, Staples also donated $1 million to
Born This Way Foundation, which Lady Gaga co-founded with her mother,
Cynthia Germanotta, to support positive classroom experiences.

"Staples has been a steadfast supporter of DonorsChoose.org for years,
and we're so thankful for its continued support," said Charles Best,
founder of DonorsChoose.org. "Staples's million-dollar donation to
DonorsChoose.org ensures that hundreds of teachers, including many in
Cleveland, will be able to bring learning to life for their students."

Driven by an insight from the Education Market Association that an
estimated 99.5 percent of all public school teachers use their own money
to equip their classrooms, often at a cost of more than $400 per year,
Staples takes great pride in helping to alleviate some of the pressure
placed upon teachers.

Those who wish to support teachers and students nationwide can make a
donation either in Staples stores or online at www.StaplesForStudents.org.
To help create a positive classroom experience, post an act of kindness
on the Staples for Students Kindness Tree created with Born This Way
Foundation.

Win a $50,000 Scholarship and a Trip to See
Lady Gaga In Concert

Fans have the opportunity this
summer to enter the Staples for Students Sweepstakes for a chance to win
the grand prize: a $50,000 scholarship and a trip for two to Las Vegas
to meet Lady Gaga and see her in concert, including roundtrip airfare,
hotel accommodations and spending money. Five first prize winners will
also receive a trip for two to Las Vegas to see Lady Gaga in concert on
December 16, 2017.

Visit StaplesForStudents.org
for sweepstakes rules and to learn how to enter. Entries must be
submitted before September 16, 2017 at 11:59 PM ET and entrants must be
13 years or older.

About Staples for Students
Staples,
Inc. has a long history of supporting students, teachers and classrooms.
Staples for Students is an ongoing program that helps students and
teachers with the school supplies and essential items needed to achieve
success in education. The Staples for Students campaign has included
school supply drives, support for teachers in classrooms, donations for
education projects, classroom initiatives such as Designed by Students,
and the sale of products that give back to communities and classrooms in
need.

About DonorsChoose.org
DonorsChoose.org
is the leading platform for giving to public schools. Teachers across
America use the site to create projects requesting resources their
students need, and donors give to the projects that inspire them. Since
its founding by a Bronx teacher in 2000, more than 2 million people and
partners have given $560 million to projects reaching 23 million
students. Unique among crowdfunding platforms, the DonorsChoose.org team
vets each project request and ships resources directly to the school.
Every donor receives photos of their project in action, thank-yous from
the classroom, and a cost report showing how every dollar was spent.
DonorsChoose.org was the first charity to make the top 10 on Fast
Company's
 list of the Most Innovative Companies in the World. Visit www.donorschoose.org
to learn more.

About Born This Way Foundation
Led
by Lady Gaga and her mother Cynthia Germanotta, Born This Way Foundation
was founded in 2012 to support the wellness of young people and empower
them to create a kinder and braver world. Born This Way Foundation
achieves this by shining a light on real people, quality research, and
authentic partnerships. Working with more than 50 non-profit
organizations, Born This Way Foundation has connected more than 150,000
young people with services and programing in their communities. Born
This Way Foundation has also partnered with the University
of Nebraska-Lincoln to collect data from more than 10,000 young people,
improving understanding of the factors that affect youth wellbeing and
empowerment. Visit us at bornthisway.foundation.org

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