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American Red Cross and NSF Scrub Club(R) Announce Collaborative Agreement
Date:6/24/2008

Agreement Continues to Expand Scrub Club's Reach Nationwide

WASHINGTON, June 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Red Cross and NSF International today announced a collaborative agreement that brings together two organizations with a similar mission -- helping to protect public health. Collectively, NSF, the Red Cross and seven "soaper-heroes" will teach children the importance of proper and consistent handwashing. The collaborative agreement gives the Red Cross the right to advertise, promote and co-brand the Scrub Club(R).

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"Proper handwashing is vital for people of all ages, and especially important for children who need to learn this life lesson at an early age. The Scrub Club's fun and interactive nature makes learning these important lessons enjoyable," said Scott Conner, Senior Vice President of Preparedness and Health and Safety Services for the Red Cross. "We are excited to collaborate with NSF International and help make a difference in the lives of children across America."

The Scrub Club(R) (http://www.scrubclub.org) is an interactive Web site that offers free classroom materials to raise awareness about the benefits of handwashing to fight germs and prevent illness. The fun, Web based experience is complete with educational materials, music, games and cartoon "Webisodes." NSF will work closely with the Red Cross to develop tools and opportunities to help its chapter network, which consists of more than 700 chapters, to share this important information in their communities.

"Children are especially vulnerable to germs at child care facilities and in schools," said William Fisher, NSF Vice President. "Through our common mission of protecting public health, the Red Cross and NSF will help more children learn how to protect themselves from illness with proper handwashing," explained Fisher.

The Scrub Club is being used by hundreds of schools nationwide, and teachers continue to integrate the Scrub Club educational activities into their daily curriculum. These educational materials are currently available in French, English and Spanish.

"The Scrub Club has been a tremendous success, and together with the Red Cross, we can reach out to more schools, hospitals and community organizations to emphasize the importance of proper and consistent handwashing," said Fisher.

To view the entire news release please click on the following link, http://www.nsf.org/info/press/index.asp?p_id=16083

CONTACT: Greta Houlahan

NSF International

Phone: 734-913-5723

Email: houlahan@nsf.org

Josh Kittner

American Red Cross

Phone: 202-303-4249

Email: KittnerJ@usa.redcross.org


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