ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
In keeping with its quarter-century tradition of supporting community
schools, Ecolab Inc. has awarded $710,000 in 2011 through its Ecolab
Foundation's Visions for Learning grant program in 12 communities
in which it operates across the U.S. More than 300 schools and thousands
of students nationwide benefited from the program this year.
"Ecolab has consistently supported education through multiple programs
to better reach and benefit students," said Douglas M. Baker, Jr.,
Ecolab's Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Our largest
program, the Visions for Learning grant program, provides
additional classroom materials to help students in grades K-12 reach
their learning goals. By providing teachers with additional classroom
materials that they otherwise might purchase with personal funds, we're
able to enhance the educational experience and achievement for both
teachers and students."
Ecolab has distributed $8.7 million nationally through its Visions
for Learning program. The Visions for Learning grants are
given to kindergarten through 12th grade teachers to
support and engage students, helping them to achieve at-grade level in
basic skills and enrich the classroom experience. Projects funded this
year include handheld digital microscopes for interactive scientific
investigations, chemistry lab kits, social studies texts, a classroom
set of percussion instruments to enhance student hands-on musical
experience and independent reading books focused on diverse cultures and
The Ecolab Foundation contributes to the quality of life in the
communities where it operates, supporting organizations and programs
that strengthen and enrich the community, focusing on youth and
education, civic and community development, arts and culture, and the
environment and conservation. The Ecolab Foundation will contribute more
than $5 million in 2011 to communities where Ecolab associates live and
With sales of $6 billion and more than 26,000 associates, Ecolab Inc.
(NYSE: ECL) is the global leader in cleaning, sanitizing, food safety
and infection prevention products and services. Ecolab delivers
comprehensive programs and services to foodservice, food and beverage
processing, healthcare, and hospitality markets in more than 160
countries. More news and information is available at www.ecolab.com.
Kris Taylor 651-293-2259
Source: Ecolab Inc.
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