News Release

For Immediate Release

Contact: Claudia Mideo   ClaudiaM@cisdallas.org

November 22, 2011

Communities In Schools Dallas Region Benefits from $500,000 Donation from Procter & Gamble

DALLASCommunities In Schools Dallas Region (CISDR), a nonprofit dropout prevention program, announced today it is the recipient of a large in-kind donation by Procter & Gamble (P&G), which is sponsoring Communities In Schools at the national level.  Approximately one-third of $500,000 worth of products donated was directed to 28 Communities In Schools affiliates in Texas, including Dallas.

The P&G donation to the Dallas Region, picked up on Nov. 2 by CISDR program support staff, included 18 pallets of Puffs Tissues, 650 two-bar packs of Olay soap, 1.5 pallets of Crest sample size toothpaste, 2,500 samples of Pantene shampoo, 1 pallet of Tide laundry detergent and 1.5 pallets of Duracell AA Batteries.

“These products come at a critical time for many of our students, helping support them and their families as we enter a holiday season where household budgets can be particularly tight. Having basic toiletries and supplies can make a difference to the students and families we serve,” said Sandra Chavarria, CISDR president and CEO.  “We’re grateful to P&G for assisting in our mission to help students stay in school and achieve in life.”

The donation caps off a larger scale national relationship between Communities In Schools and P&G.  In July, the two organizations launched the GIVE Education campaign to generate additional awareness of America’s dropout crisis.  In total, the effort has raised close to $1 million in cash and product for Communities In Schools.

CISDR program support staff and AmeriCorps volunteers distributed the supplies to CISDR campus staff, who provided the items for school children and families at their assigned campuses.

For years, P&G has improved life for more than 300 million children around the world and focused its efforts on helping children in need get off to a healthy start, receive access to education and build skills for life.  Through GIVE Education, P&G touched even more lives by combining the power of P&G’s education commitment and reach, CIS’s innovative programs, and Grammy Award-winning recording artist and philanthropist John Legend’s passion for education.

About Procter & Gamble

Four billion times a day, P&G brands touch the lives of people around the world.  The company has one of the strongest portfolios of trusted, quality, leadership brands, including Pampers®, Tide®, Ariel®, Always®, Whisper®, Pantene®, Mach3®, Bounty®, Dawn®, Gain®, Pringles®, Charmin®, Downy®, Lenor®, Iams®, Crest®, Oral-B(f), Duracell®, Olay®, Head & Shoulders®, Wella®, Gillette®, Braun® and Fusion®.  The P&G community includes approximately 135,000 employees working in about 80 countries worldwide.  Please visit http://www.pg.com for the latest news and in-depth information about P&G and its brands.

About Communities In Schools Dallas RegionCommunities In Schools Dallas Region, Inc. was founded in 1985 to address the growing number of high school dropouts in Dallas and surrounding areas. As experts in collaboration and in providing comprehensive case-managed services, CISDR’s professional staff brings community resources into schools to work in the interest of at-risk children in a coordinated, caring and cost-effective way. Currently, CISDR operates in 75 schools in 10 school districts in Dallas, Collin, Ellis, Hunt, Johnson and Rockwall counties. CISDR’s programs have a direct impact on more than 47,000 students annually. Nearly 80% of the students served by CISDR are economically disadvantaged and at-risk of academic failure. According to the Texas Education Agency, of the 12,148 case managed students, 99% stayed in school, 93% of eligible seniors graduated and 95% improved in academics, behavior, and/or attendance.  For more information about CISDR, visit http://www.cisdallas.org.

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