PURELL® Advanced Hand Sanitizer Provides Teachers with the Tools to Help Reduce Absenteeism in Schools with Its 30-Day Classroom Challenge

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PURELL® Advanced Hand Sanitizer 30-Day Classroom Challenge Encourages Healthy Habits to Keep Kids in School

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A hand hygiene education program and the use of an alcohol-based hand sanitizer can reduce absenteeism by 50 percent.

Nearly 22 million school days are lost each year due to colds alone.* To help fight absenteeism due to illness, GOJO Industries, Inc., the makers of PURELL® Advanced Hand Sanitizer, invites teachers across the nation to participate in the PURELL Advanced Hand Sanitizer 30-Day Classroom Challenge. By participating in this challenge, teachers can download free hand hygiene education materials and enter a sweepstakes.

“I’m taking the challenge because it’s important to keep my students healthy and in school so they can meet their learning goals,” said Gerri Primak, a teacher in Holden, Mass. “When all of my students are present, everyone benefits from a more positive and productive school day.”

The first step to students’ success is ensuring that they are present in the classroom. Absenteeism affects school behavior, participation in extracurricular activities, grades and long-term educational outcomes.** The use of an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, such as PURELL Advanced Hand Sanitizer, in the classroom helps to reduce the spread of illness-causing germs.

“According to a study published in the American Journal of Infection Control, a hand hygiene education program and the use of an alcohol-based hand sanitizer can reduce absenteeism by 50 percent,”*** said Seth Taylor, PURELL consumer brand manager. “By taking the PURELL 30-Day Classroom Challenge, teachers have the opportunity to instill healthy hand hygiene habits in their students to help them learn the healthy behavior of hand hygiene.”

Every teacher who joins the 30-Day Challenge receives free support materials, including grade-appropriate writing and math prompts that incorporate hand hygiene tips, a ready-to-use school supply list, parent information sheets, valuable coupons and more. Teachers also are entered in a sweepstakes for the chance to win a $200 Amazon gift card, $200 in PURELL products and $200 in PURELL products for a charity of choice. Five runners-up each will win a PURELL Advanced Hand Sanitizer prize pack valued at more than $100. The sweepstakes runs through December 31, 2014.

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

*CDC. Vital Health and Statistics. Current Estimates from the National Health Interview Survey, 1996.
**College of Education, University of Illinois. School Attendance, the Impact of Behavior on Grades, and School FailureTemplate.
***AJIC: American Journal of Infection Control. 30(4):217-220, June 2002. Guinan, Maryellen a,b; McGuckin, Maryanne Dr ScEd, MT (ASCP) c; Ali, Yusef PhD d

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.

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