Elmer's(R) Announces Winner of National Glue Crew Recycling Program

Kindergarten Classroom Recycles and Wins

Program Information Available at www.elmersgluecrew.com

May 23, 2008, 01:00 ET from Elmer's(R) Products, Inc.

    COLUMBUS, Ohio, May 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Students of a Warren, Ohio
 school saved glue bottles, glue sticks and ultimately the planet one orange
 cap at a time. Elmer's(R) Products, Inc., an industry leader in adhesives,
 arts and crafts, office and educational products, announced a Champion
 Central Elementary School kindergarten classroom as the 2008 grand prize
 winner of its classroom-based glue bottle and glue stick recycling program.
     (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080523/CLF082 )
     "More than 34,000 classrooms participated in Elmer's Glue Crew
 Recycling Program," said Terri Brown, Elmer's marketing services and
 communications manager. "We want to congratulate Mrs. MaryGrace Clark, her
 student teacher Mrs. Shannon Gibson and the students of Champion Central
 Elementary School for their dedication to improving the community. Mrs.
 Clark's students made an outstanding contribution to the program by
 collecting more than 530 glue sticks and glue bottles in just three
     Teachers across the country submitted award entries that detailed the
 most creative and innovative ways they integrated recycling into classroom
 lessons and activities for a chance to win the grand prize. Clark and
 Gibson made Elmer's the program a part of their daily lesson plans by
 integrating activities and projects that required the use of glue sticks
 and glue bottles. Every day, the kindergartners would take turns collecting
 the empty bottles and sticks from 11 additional classrooms they recruited
 to participate. The students created a chart to track the collection
 process and set a goal of collecting 200 bottles and sticks, which they
 quickly surpassed. Clark and Gibson applied program activities to their
 classroom lessons, with reading, writing and math exercises.
     "The children practiced writing how many glue sticks they collected
 each day, and every week we counted the bottles and sticks in our
 collection box by tens and ones," said Gibson. "Some of these children
 didn't understand the concept of recycling until we joined the Elmer's Glue
 Crew Recycling Program, and now it's a large part of their daily routine."
     As the grand prize winner, Mrs. Clark's students received trees planted
 in their name in a national forest. Elmer's also hosted a tree planting at
 their school, where each winning student received a certificate and an
 Elmer's product package.
     "Mrs. Gibson was the driving force behind bringing the program into my
 classroom," said Clark. "The program was incredibly easy to integrate into
 my lesson plans. It's easy to take advantage of the tools available on
 www.elmersgluecrew.com in my ongoing efforts to encourage my students to
 become lifelong recyclers."
     Champion Central Elementary is located in Warren, Ohio, and is part of
 the Champion Local School District in Trumbull County. The school is
 comprised of 600 students, kindergarten through fourth grade.
     The Elmer's Glue Crew Recycling Program is the first program of its
 kind, combining Elmer's expertise in education and creativity with its
 commitment to sustainable practices. Throughout the school year, nearly
 three quarters of one million students collected empty glue bottles and
 glue sticks. To reduce the environmental impact, teachers and students were
 encouraged to creatively use empty boxes in the classroom as collection
 boxes. Once the box was full, teachers simply sealed it, labeled it and
 dropped it off to the People Greeter at the nearest Wal-Mart(R) store.
     To join next year's Elmer's Glue Crew Recycling Program or learn more
 about the program visit www.elmersgluecrew.com .
     Elmer's(R) Products, Inc., headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, has been a
 trusted brand and industry leader for more than 60 years. Elmer's produces
 a variety of well-known adhesives, arts and crafts, educational and office
 products for use at home, school or business. Elmer's branded products are
 developed to provide project solutions and to fulfill the consumer's
 inherent needs to create, build and learn. Elmer's also markets the number
 one instant adhesive in the U.S., Instant Krazy Glue(R), X-ACTO(R), a
 leader in innovative cutting blades, knives and office supply products, and
 Bienfang(R) graphic arts products. With recent acquisitions, James Galt &
 Co. Ltd., an international children's arts and crafts and activity products
 company, Scientific Explorer(TM), creator and distributor of science-based
 educational products for children, GiddyUp(TM), producer of licensed arts
 and crafts products for children, and ColorLoco(TM), maker of Blendy Pens,
 are each a division of Elmer's Products, Inc. For more information visit
 www.elmersbrands.com .

SOURCE Elmer's(R) Products, Inc.