The Corinth and Alcorn school districts are benefiting from a sizeable donation from Kimberly-Clark.
The company announced the donation of over 1 million face masks and cleaning products to help public schools across the country on Wednesday.
Locally the Corinth School District and Alcorn School District received more than 100,000 face masks, over 200 canisters of sanitizing wipes and around 250 bottles of hand sanitizer.
Operating schools safely during the pandemic requires additional resources. According to a report released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), school districts on average must invest an additional $55 to $442 per student to ensure they can reopen in the safest possible manner.
“Kimberly-Clark continues to be a great community partner and supporter of the Corinth schools,” said Corinth Superintendent Lee Childress. “The Corinth School District appreciates the large donation of masks, wipes and hand sanitizer. We applaud them for their efforts in providing these items that will go a long way toward keeping students and staff safe in the Corinth School District.”
Alcorn County Superintendent Brandon Quinn shared in the donation excitement.
“Kimberly-Clark’s efforts were to focus on local communities that are home to K-C manufacturing sites, and we are so thankful to have them in our community,” said Quinn. “They wanted to help finish the year strong and they did.”
The donation, consisting of Kimberly-Clark Professional General Purpose Face Masks, Scott 24 Wipes and Scott Gel Hand Sanitizer with Moisturizers, will support over 235,000 K-12 students, faculty and administrators in nearly 400 schools across 15 states where Kimberly-Clark employees live and work.
“We know that many schools across the country are still in need of proper supplies to help protect students and faculty as they work to finish the school year strong,” said Kimberly-Clark North American President Susan Gambardella. “Care underlies everything we do at Kimberly-Clark Professional, and we are proud to care for the communities where we operate and help assist the school districts where our employees live and work as they prepare for the upcoming school year.”
This donation comes as schools are evaluating not just their year-end protocols, but how they will address learning in the fall.
While requirements in public and private spaces vary by state, the CDC continues to recommend the consistent and correct use of masks, hand hygiene, cleaning and disinfection to help ensure the safe delivery of in-person instruction in schools. These guidelines are all part of the CDC’s Operational Strategy for K-12 Schools through Phased Prevention.
“Care underlies everything we do at Kimberly-Clark Professional, and we are proud to care for the communities where we operate and help assist the school districts where our employees live and work as they prepare for the upcoming school year,” said Gambardella.