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Horace Mann Donates to Help DonorsChoose.org Projects


Including a project in Las Vegas

DENVER (July 9, 2014) –The Horace Mann Companies donated more than $3,000 to help complete www.DonorsChoose.org projects at the National Education Association Expo in Denver, Colorado last week.   Fifteen teachers will soon have new supplies for their classrooms now that their projects are fully funded. Horace Mann, an insurance company Founded by Educators for Educators®, has donated more than $2 million to www.DonorsChoose.org projects since partnering with the website in 2011.  DonorsChoose.org is a website connecting teachers to donors. 

The projects funded include fluorescent light shields, composition notebooks and pencils, sight word puzzles, boards and cards, a classroom carpet, foam balls and games and activities to use with a SmartBoard. The supplies requested will enhance learning and are supplies teachers may not be able to get through their regular school budgets. 

Kindergarten teacher Lori-Ann Diaz requested a puppet theater, stands and puppets in her project post.  “Using puppets is a great way to bring more reticent or shy children out of their shells, and to help everyone become more expressive,” says Diaz, who teaches at Cynthia Cunningham Elementary School in Las Vegas, Nevada. “When a child operates a puppet, the focus is on the puppet, rather than on the puppeteer, and the child forgets to be self-conscious. Kids often have difficulty expressing their emotions and information about themselves. The use of puppets in the classroom is a great way for teachers to gather information about their students.”

“These donations highlight our dedication to the whole school.  We want to support superintendents, administrators, principals, teachers and students, and our partnership with DonorsChoose.org allows us to do that,” says Horace Mann’s Assistant Vice President of Educator Alliance Marlene Muncy. 
 
Fourteen other schools also will be delivering good news on projects:

•        Watson Chapel Junior High School, Pine Bluff, Arkansas
•        Sunset Lane Elementary, Fullerton, California
•        Oakton Elementary, Evanston, Illinois
•        Apollo Elementary School, Des Plaines, Illinois
•        Lincoln Elementary, Louisville, Kentucky
•        Louise Troy PreK-4 School, Dayton, Ohio
•        Spring Creek Elementary, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
•        Monger Elementary, Elkhart, Indiana
•        Robert R. Church Elementary School, Memphis, Tennessee
•        Barrett Elementary School, Arlington, Virginia
•        Norman Rockwell Elementary, Redmond, Washington
•        Brigadoon Elementary, Federal Way, Washington
•        Viewlands Elementary, Seattle, Washington
•        Howe Elementary School, Green Bay, Wisconsin

Horace Mann
Horace Mann (Horace Mann Educators Corp. (NYSE:HMN) is the largest national multiline insurance company focusing on educators' financial needs. Horace Mann provides auto and homeowners insurance, retirement annuities, life insurance and other financial solutions. Founded by Educators for Educators® in 1945, the company is headquartered in Springfield, Ill. For more information about the company, visit horacemann.com.

About DonorsChoose.org
Founded in 2000, DonorsChoose.org is a nonprofit website where public school teachers describe specific educational projects for their students, and donors can choose the projects they want to support. To date, nearly 189,000 public and charter school teachers have used the site to secure funding for $246 million in books, art supplies, technology, and other resources that have supported 11.5 million students.   

Contact:  Michelle Eccles, Horace Mann, 217-788-5394, michelle.eccles@horacemann.com

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