PURELL® Advanced Hand Sanitizer Invites Teachers to Join the 30-Day Classroom Challenge to Help Prevent the Spread of Germs this Back-to-School Season

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This challenge helps teachers fight germs in the classroom with improved hand hygiene education.

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PURELL Advanced Hand Sanitizer along with hand hygiene education in the classroom can reduce students’ absenteeism by 50 percent.

To prevent the spread of germs in schools, GOJO Industries, Inc., the makers of PURELL® Advanced Hand Sanitizer, invites teachers to participate in the 30-Day Classroom Challenge, which asks them to pledge to educate their students about healthy habits to prevent the spread of illness-causing germs in the classroom.

This challenge is designed to help teachers gain a better understanding of how hand hygiene can help keep kids healthy and in the classroom throughout the school year. In fact, studies show that using PURELL Advanced Hand Sanitizer along with hand hygiene education in the classroom can reduce students’ absenteeism by 50 percent.*

“Hand hygiene plays an important role in keeping students healthy, productive and in school, and we want to provide teachers with the hand hygiene educational tools they need,” said Seth Taylor, PURELL consumer brand manager. “Participation in this challenge will encourage healthy hand hygiene through handwashing and hand sanitizing, which is one of the single most important ways to reduce the spread of germs that can cause infection.”

Teachers who join the challenge receive free resources, including grade-appropriate writing and math prompts, a ready-to-use school supply list, parent information sheets, valuable coupons and more. Plus, they will have a chance to win a $200 Amazon gift card, $200 in PURELL products and $200 in PURELL products for a charity of their choice. Five runners-up will each win a PURELL Advanced Hand Sanitizer prize pack valued at more than $100. The sweepstakes runs through Dec. 31, 2014.

“I eagerly accepted the challenge,” said April Parker, a third-grade teacher in Greensboro, N.C. "Helping my students develop the everyday healthy habit of hand hygiene—while having the chance to win great classroom resources—is a wonderful opportunity for educators.”

To learn more or to join the 30-Day Classroom Challenge, visit http://bit.ly/1hTp2NB.

About PURELL® Advanced Hand Sanitizer and GOJO Industries, Inc.

GOJO Industries, Inc. is the inventor of PURELL® Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer and the leading global producer and marketer of skin health and hygiene solutions for away-from-home settings. The broad GOJO product portfolio includes hand cleaning, hand washing, hand sanitizing, and skin care formulas under the GOJO®, PURELL® and PROVON® brand names. GOJO formulations use the latest advances in the science of skin care and sustainability. GOJO is known for state-of-the-art dispensing technology, engineered with attention to design, sustainability, and functionality. GOJO programs promote healthy behaviors for hand hygiene, skin care, and compliance in critical environments. GOJO is a privately held corporation headquartered in Akron, Ohio, with offices in the United Kingdom, France, Australia, Japan and Brazil.

*American Journal of Infection Control. 2002; 30: 217-20. http://www.ajicjournal.org/article/S0196-6553%2802%2968131-3/abstract

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