Save the Children and SC Johnson are Helping Students Return to School Prepared to Engage and Learn
It is that point in the summer when students and their families are beginning to think about returning to school. As a family company, we understand how important it is that students and their families are prepared for the return with the proper tools to learn and products needed to help keep them healthy.
That is why we are supporting Save the Children as a presenting sponsor of their 10-city bus tour across America. As part of the 100 Days of Reading campaign, the tour features educational games and activities at each stop to promote family engagement, learning and fun. On the bus are rucksacks with school supplies, educational materials, food and personal care products – including Babyganics hand sanitiser and sunscreen – which will be hand-delivered to students.
These types of programmes are critically important because on average, one out of every six children who is not reading proficiently by third year will not graduate secondary school. A love of learning and reading are skills needed for future personal and professional growth.
The company is also sponsoring the Greatest Catch game, which teaches about the importance of recycling plastic waste. Through a carnival-like fishing game, students will catch plastic bottles out of a pool of water and turn the collected plastic into art to take home.
In addition, the tour is powered by an eco-friendly, clean fuel bus, which will help to reduce energy needs.
A World with More Opportunity
We have long been committed to future generations and finding ways to help them reach their goals and foster a love of learning. Here are some ways we have helped:
• SC Johnson STEM Scholars Pathway: Earlier this year, we announced a donation of $5.5 million to Gateway Technical College to create the SC Johnson STEM Scholar Pathway programme. This programme is dedicated to providing women and people of colour, who have historically been under-represented in STEM industries, and those with limited means the opportunity to gain a four-year degree in STEM-related career fields.
• Partnering with Sesame Workshop: We teamed up with Sesame Workshop to help create new tools and resources for young children and carers worldwide to promote healthy and environmentally sustainable practices at home. Over the next two years, Sesame Workshop will create a robust collection of global educational resources centred around the pillars of health, sustainability and early education building blocks.
• Battle of the Books: We have supported the Racine Public Library’s Battle of the Books programme over the years to provide thousands of books to local fourth- and fifth-grade students and encourage a love of reading through friendly competition.
• GEMS Conference: For six years, we have sponsored the Southeastern Wisconsin Girls Engineering, Math and Science (GEMS) Conference, to help reach seventh- and eighth-grade female students and engage them in hands-on experiences and learning sessions designed to encourage engagement and pursuit of courses and careers in science and technology, and ultimately inspire young girls to reach their potential.
The tour kicked off in San Francisco on 10 July and has made its way to multiple cities across the U.S., including:
• Los Angeles
• New Orleans
• Stanley, N.C.
• Bay City, Mich.
• Racine, Wis.
• Chicago (Pullman and Little Village)