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Lysol Expands HERE for Healthy Schools Program to Reach 58,000 Schools in U.S. Areas Hardest Hit by the COVID-19 Pandemic

Promoting a healthy & hygienic return to school for the students most in need

PARSIPPANY, N.J., June 25, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Lysol today announced plans to invest more than $20 million over three years to expand HERE for Healthy Schools into every Title I* school in the U.S. reaching 15 million children by 2022. Through education, research funding and strategic partnerships, this program aims to minimize the spread of germs in the classroom.

Starting this fall, Lysol aims to reach 50% of Title 1 schools with its Healthy Habits program, expanding to 100% by 2022. At Lysol, we know that the best weapon against germs is knowledge, which is why in 2012 Lysol created the Healthy Habits Program in partnership with the National Education Association (NEA) and National PTA. The Healthy Habits Program includes downloadable activities for teachers and parents of children grades K-5 to help them build illness prevention habits.

"Having resources to conduct rigorous sanitizing processes as well as to teach children healthy habits is essential to help schools reopen safely and successfully amid the COVID-19 pandemic," said Leslie Boggs, president of National PTA. "National PTA is pleased to continue our longstanding collaboration with Lysol to help bring these resources to schools and help keep our children healthy."

"It's more important than ever that companies like RB lean in where we can with our brands and our expertise to help support a return to the classroom," said Rahul Kadyan, EVP North America for RB. "In addition to the Healthy Habits program, Lysol will be furthering our efforts to create a clean and healthy environment for students and teachers when in-person instruction resumes across the country with a product donation program and expansion of its partnership with Kinsa on the smart thermometer donation program, FLUency™."

"NEA is excited to be a part of the Lysol HERE for Healthy Schools program that is dedicated to curbing the spread of illness in classroom. By educating students on the importance of healthy habits, the program's mission is to reduce absenteeism in the classroom and help students thrive and grow," said Karen White, Deputy Executive Director, National Education Association (NEA). 

HERE for Healthy Schools is part of RB's Fight for Access efforts to improve access to health, hygiene and nutrition for all. To learn more about HERE for Healthy Schools, visit: www.hereforhealthyschools.lysol.com.

*As provisioned by the U.S. Elementary and Secondary Education Act, schools with high percentages of children from low-income families are eligible to receive federal funding and other assistance, known as Title I funding, to support successful education outcomes.

ABOUT HERE FOR HEALTHY SCHOOLS
In 2013 Lysol created the Healthy Habits Program in partnership with the National Education Association (NEA), National PTA, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Healthy Habits Program includes downloadable activities for teachers and parents of children grades K-5 to help them build illness prevention habits. As a part of Lysol's mission to curb the spread of illness in classrooms, Lysol expanded the program and created the HERE for Healthy Schools initiative. Every year 60 million school days are missed by children nationwide due to preventable illnesses like cold and flu, taking away the lasting experiences and learning they gain in the classroom. By educating on healthy habits, funding research, and working with partners, Lysol is sharing its mission to help kids miss less school so they are able to learn and grow and thrive. For more information visit: hereforhealthyschools.lysol.com  

ABOUT RB
RB* is driven by its purpose to protect, heal and nurture in a relentless pursuit of a cleaner, healthier world. We fight to make access to the highest-quality hygiene, wellness and nourishment a right, not a privilege, for everyone.

RB is proud to have a stable of trusted household brands found in households in more than 190 countries. These include Enfamil, Nutramigen, Nurofen, Strepsils, Gaviscon, Mucinex, Durex, Scholl, Clearasil, Lysol, Dettol, Veet, Harpic, Cillit Bang, Mortein, Finish, Vanish, Calgon, Woolite, Air Wick and more. 20 million RB products a day are bought by consumers globally.

RB's passion to put consumers and people first, to seek out new opportunities, to strive for excellence in all that we do, and to build shared success with all our partners, while doing the right thing, always is what guides the work of our 40,000+ diverse and talented colleagues worldwide.

For more information visit www.rb.com

*RB is the trading name of the Reckitt Benckiser group of companies

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