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The Hands-on Learning Products from this Leading Educational Products Manufacturer Will Help Replace Classroom Teaching Materials Lost During Tornado

VERNON HILLS, IL (July 5, 2011) - With the effects of the tornado that ripped through Joplin, Missouri in May still being felt, an Illinois-based educational company has found a meaningful way to help the city's schools that were left in ruins. This week, Learning Resources, a leading manufacturer of hands-on learning materials for the classroom, is donating $256,000 worth of products that will go to 269 Joplin teachers. The 149,418 pieces of classroom materials will help support the city in the rebuilding of its schools. The donation was a company-wide team effort with many Learning Resources' employees coming together to carefully choose, package and ship the much needed products. When children return to school in August, they will discover classrooms full of new manipulatives, learning games, educational toys, classroom kits, books and much more.

"A school is a place where children can return to a regular routine, and we want to help restore as much normalcy as possible to these hard-hit classrooms," said Etienne Veber, president and chief executive officer of Learning Resources. "The educational tools we are sending will support learning and empower students and teachers. This donation is, quite simply, the right thing to do."

During July 5-7, 2011, Wendy Zachrisen, educational marketing manager of Learning Resources, will visit Joplin to help with the coordination of the donation, including the sorting of materials into teacher packs ready for distribution. The products are currently being stored at the Joplin Schools Food Service warehouse. In addition, Zachrisen previously reached out to Learning Resources' educational contacts and engaged an educational motivational speaker to present to teachers this week as they prepare for the upcoming school year under trying circumstances. Zachrisen, a former teacher, will be accompanied on her visit by Kathy Johnson, also a former teacher who is part of Learning Resources' Speaker's Bureau. Johnson will aid Zachrisen and others in the sorting and packing of Learning Resources materials that will be distributed to teachers. Johnson will return to Joplin later this summer to conduct workshops with the educators.

"What a privilege it is for us to be able to give back to Joplin's children and teachers through this project; we want them to know that they have our support," said Zachrisen. "And we thank our loyal Learning Resources customer, Debby Guardino, who alerted us on our Facebook page to the great need of the Joplin schools. We are so glad to be able to take part in helping the teachers and children of Joplin reach beyond their current circumstance."

Once Learning Resources learned of Joplin's great need for its schools, Zachrisen led the project and moved into high gear to plan and coordinate the donation, working with Joplin school district personnel and Joplin volunteers. Zachrisen has also helped create a special teacher luncheon taking place on July 7th at Joplin North Middle School. At the event, teachers will hear from Zachrisen, who will share the details of the donation they will be receiving, and be motivated and entertained by educational motivational speaker Jason Lindsey from Hooked on Science, who accepted Learning Resources invitation to be a part of the event. On July 6 from 9 - 10:30 a.m., Zachrisen and Johnson will visit select summer school classrooms, where Zachrisen will hand out surprise gifts and read to the children.

Learning Resources has engaged their sister companies, Educational Insights and ETA/Cuisenaire, to make their own donations of educational items to Joplin schools. In addition, more product donations will be forthcoming from Learning Resources' dealers.

"Reaching out to Joplin truly embodies our core values of going the extra mile, believing the sky is the limit and taking responsibility," said Mike Pytlinski, vice president of marketing at Learning Resources. "Coming to the aid of teachers and students is the very reason we exist."

Anyone can join in on the cause by visiting www.donorschoose.org/joplin.

For more than 25 years, Learning Resources®, a leading global manufacturer of innovative, hands-on educational products, has been designing award-winning products that enable parents and teachers to go beyond traditional instruction and inspire children to reach new heights.

Developed by top educators who understand learning and children, the Company's innovative educational toys, sold in more than 80 countries, uniquely tap into the limitless potential of children everywhere, so they reach beyond, reach forward and achieve more. Learning Resources is focused on children and their families, kindergarten, primary, and middle-school markets, offering innovative educational products in the areas of early childhood, mathematics, science, reading, Spanish language, English language and teacher resources.

And as the global leader in developing engaging hands-on learning experiences for children, Learning Resources knows how to make learning exciting and fun for children of all ages and abilities. As always, the Company's commitment to safety is absolute, with every item designed, developed and manufactured under the strictest safety standards.

Learning Resources is headquartered in Vernon Hills, IL, with a European office based in Kings Lynn, Norfolk, England.

For more information visit www.LearningResources.com or call 1-800-333-8281.
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