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Office Depot, Inc., And The Education Center Announce ‘Gotta Get It!’ Campaign and Ways to Save During Teacher Appreciation Days

Office Depot, Inc. (NYSE: ODP), a leading global provider of school supplies, office products, services, and solutions formed by the merger of Office Depot and OfficeMax, today announced its “Gotta Get It!” teacher campaign in partnership with The Education Center, LLC, publisher of The Mailbox books and magazines. Inspired by educators’ selfless giving, the “Gotta Get It!” campaign will provide free curriculum and educational materials to teachers for the back-to-school season plus a chance to win supplies for the classroom with a $500 Office Depot or OfficeMax gift card.

Every school year, teachers dig deep into their own pockets to purchase supplies for their students. In fact, it is reported that 92 percent of teachers spend $1,000 of their own money every school year to purchase critical classroom resources.1

Teachers can visit TheMailbox.com/teacherrewards, to download free materials that include tips on popular back-to-school topics, ranging from creating a positive learning environment to communicating with parents to managing classroom technology. While on the website, teachers also can sign up for teacher-only discounts and learn more about teacher appreciation events and special giveaways available at Office Depot and OfficeMax stores nationwide in July and August. Additionally, one lucky teacher will win a $500 Office Depot or OfficeMax gift card; six runners-up will each win a $100 Office Depot or OfficeMax gift card. 2The sweepstakes runs through September 30, 2014.

For more information, visit The Education Center, at TheEducationCenter.com.

About Office Depot, Inc.

Formed by the merger of Office Depot and OfficeMax, Office Depot, Inc. is a leading global provider of products, services, and solutions for every workplace – whether your workplace is an office, home, school, or car.

Office Depot, Inc. is a resource and a catalyst to help customers work better. We are a single source for everything customers need to be more productive, including the latest technology, core office supplies, print and document services, business services, facilities products, furniture, and school essentials.

The company has combined pro forma annual sales of approximately $17 billion, employs more than 60,000 associates, and serves consumers and businesses in 58 countries with more than 2,000 retail stores, award-winning e-commerce sites and a dedicated business-to-business sales organization – all delivered through a global network of wholly owned operations, joint ventures, franchisees, licensees and alliance partners. The company’s portfolio of leading brands includes Office Depot, OfficeMax, OfficeMax Grand & Toy, Viking, Ativa, TUL, Foray, and DiVOGA.

Office Depot, Inc.’s common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol ODP. Additional press information can be found at: http://news.officedepot.com.

Additional information about the recently completed merger of Office Depot and OfficeMax can be found at http://officedepotmaxmerger.com.

About The Education Center, LLC

The Education Center was founded in 1973 by Marge and Jake Michel who, like many other educators, were frustrated by the lack of practical, ready-to-use materials for the classroom. So they created several products in their spare time, and the company grew from there.

Today hundreds of thousands of teachers across the country depend on The Education Center’s products to enrich their lesson plans, to speed up their planning time, and to leave them more time to do what they love best—teach. Learn more about The Education Center at TheMailbox.com.

1 AdoptAClassroom.org and Horace Mann

2 HOW TO APPLY: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Visit TheMailbox.com/teacherrewards to apply. Teacher Awards Sweepstakes application period starts 6/27/14 and ends 11:59 p.m. EDT on 9/30/2014. Open to current legal residents of the US/DC who, at time of entry, are age 21+, employed full-time or part-time as classroom teachers in preschool through grade 12, and are located in the United States. Residents of Rhode Island are not eligible. AwardsRecipients will be selected in a random drawing conducted on or about October 1, 2014, from all eligible applicants received. By participating, applicants agree to be bound by the Official Rules and by the decisions of the Sponsor and Administrator. For full rules, visit TheMailbox.com/teacherrewards or send self-addressed stamped envelope to: Learning Magazine "Gotta Get It!" Teacher Awards Sweepstakes List, 3515 W. Market St. Greensboro, NC 27403 by December 31, 2014.

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