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Learning Resources Partners with St. Martin de Porres' Hire4Ed Program

For more than 25 years, Learning Resources® 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 uniquely tap into the limitless potential of children everywhere, so they reach beyond, reach forward and achieve more.

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.

Each year, Learning Resources introduces new, "teacher-approved" toys and multi-sensory items that truly help children ages 2 and up progress along their individual learning paths. As always, the Company's commitment to safety is absolute, with every item designed, developed and manufactured under the strictest safety standards.

Children are fascinated by toys and many of them dream of working in the world of toys. How are they put together? What makes them move? For a few lucky students, this dream is coming true. Since 2005, Learning Resources has been giving students from St. Martin de Porres a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to fulfill their curiosity about toys, earn money for education, prepare themselves for the workplace and transform their aspirations for the future.

"It's exciting to see how enthusiastic and eager these students are to experience professional life," said Etienne Veber, president and chief executive officer of Learning Resources. "We are in a unique position to provide a wonderful first impression of the working world because our products are considered cool and fun. We hope this introduction inspires them to follow their dreams and prepares them for a career they will love."

Through the St. Martin de Porres' Hire4Ed program, Learning Resources hires four students each year, one from each grade level (freshman, sophomore, junior and senior). Students work in a job-sharing team that covers working hours for a standard business week. In return for their creativity and hard work, students earn about 60 percent of the cost of their education at St.

Martin de Porres, keeping tuition affordable for their families. Students are introduced to various departments - accounting, marketing, legal and human resources - and a range of job duties, allowing for insight into many different career possibilities.

The responsibilities past students have enjoyed most include having a hand in creating tradeshow bags, updating mailing lists and organizing public relation clips. All in all, the students feel like they are part of the organization and are truly making a difference.

"We benefit greatly from the students' curious minds and fresh ideas and we are proud to provide them with valuable skills and marketable job experience," said Veber. "This program aligns with our philosophy to empower students to reach beyond and we are truly honored to be part of it."

Learning Resources received a "Sustaining Partner Award" for five years of continuous support of the program in the spring of 2010 at St. Martin de Porres' annual Business Partner Recognition Event.

Learning Resources® is a leading global manufacturer of innovative, hands-on educational products. The Company's 1,200+ high-quality products designed by top educators and sold in more than 80 countries, aim to inspire children, parents and teachers to always reach for more.

For over 25 years, parents and teachers have trusted Learning Resources to turn their homes and classrooms into creative, motivational and multi-sensory environments, where children find joy in learning and reach their full potential.

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. Among the Company's brands are Pretend & Play®, Smart Snacks®, Smart Splash®, Gears! Gears! Gears!®, Hands-On Standards® publications, Radius® Audio Learning System, Rainbow Fractions®, Reading Rods® and Reading Rods® en Espanol.

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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