PURELL® Advanced Hand Sanitizer 30-Day Classroom Challenge rewards educators for teaching students healthy habits

AKRON, Ohio (July 8, 2014) – During this back-to-school season, GOJO, the makers of PURELL Advanced Hand Sanitizer, invites teachers to participate in the PURELL Advanced Hand Sanitizer 30-Day Classroom Challenge. In joining the Classroom Challenge, teachers are pledging that for 30 days (between now and December), they will focus on helping students understand the importance of hand hygiene.

When joining the Challenge, each teacher is entered in a sweepstakes. The grand-prize winner of the sweepstakes will receive a $200 Amazon gift card, $200 in PURELL products and $200 in PURELL products for a charity of their choice. Five runners-up each will win a PURELL Advanced Hand Sanitizer prize pack valued at over $100. The sweepstakes runs through December 2014.

To help teach their students good habits, teachers receive access to a free kit of hand hygiene materials—including grade-appropriate writing and math prompts, a programmable school supply list, display ideas, parent pages, valuable coupons and more.

“Teaching my students good hand hygiene will benefit them for life. I want happy, healthy students all year long,” said third-grade teacher Sue Walker, of Blowing Rock, N.C. Teachers like Walker have already signed up for the Challenge and will head back to school ready to show students the importance of good hand hygiene – including washing with soap and water and using PURELL Advanced Hand Sanitizer to fight the spread of germs.

By putting PURELL Hand Sanitizer products on their back-to-school list, teachers help students develop habits that can keep them healthy and in school. Elementary school absenteeism due to infection is significantly reduced when an alcohol gel hand sanitizer is used in the classroom as part of a hand hygiene program, according to the American Journal of Infection Control.

Missing school means missing valuable instruction time—time students can’t afford to lose. PURELL Advanced Hand Sanitizer kills 99.99 percent of germs and can reduce children’s absenteeism by 20 percent.1

To learn more, or to join the 30-Day Classroom Challenge, visit http://bit.ly/1hTp2NB. For more information, please contact Samantha R. Williams, M.S. of GOJO Industries, Inc., at willisam@gojo.com.

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.

1 American Journal of Infection Control. 2000; 28: 340–346

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Andrea Jones

Andrea Jones is a technology specialist in Virginia. A former French teacher, she currently supports technology integration in a middle school.