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LMS SADD awarded national award!

SRO Chris Curry, SADD Advisor

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Louisburg Middle School SADD represents Kansas as one of 52 Winners to Share More than $1,000,000 from Tom’s of Maine


LOUISBURG, Kansas, December 2, 2015 – The Louisburg Middle School Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) chapter has been selected as one of 52 winners from across the country in the seventh annual Tom’s of Maine “50 States for Good” community giving program.  The organization will receive $20,000 to fund important projects and services that will go to further the efforts of the chapter within the school and the community.


Louisburg Middle School SADD promotes safe and positive programs in the school through bullying prevention activities, anti-drug messages and programs, alcohol awareness events, and other activities designed to empower the youth of Louisburg.  They reach out into the community volunteering at numerous city-wide events, building relationships with local residents, assisting civic organizations, and more as they demonstrate their desire to give back to the community.


“Our SADD chapter is very excited to receive this funding from Tom’s of Maine”, said Louisburg Police Department School Resource Officer Chris Curry, who serves as the SADD advisor.  “This year we have over 46% of the student body involved in our SADD program.  That allows us to directly impact over 185 students through programs and activities.  With more students involved we have more opportunities to impact the community.  Our SADD chapter will use the funding from Tom’s of Maine to continue to develop our members into leaders that will go into the community and make a difference one positive decision at a time.”


Passionate community members took to their social media pages to share #OneWaytoHelp their communities, amassing nearly 10,000 submissions.  One entrant representing each state and Washington, D.C. was selected to designate a local nonprofit in their area to receive project funding from Tom’s of Maine.


“This year’s nonprofit recipients bring to life an inspiring picture of the care that Americans have for each other and their communities,” said Susan Dewhirst, goodness programs manager at Tom's of Maine. “People often think giving back to their community is time intensive, and we wanted to show there are easy ways to make a difference, like raising awareness for a cause you love and supporting brands that strive to make the world a better place for future generations.”


Tom’s of Maine has given 10% of profits back to the community since 1970 and encourages employees to use 5% (12 days) of paid time off to volunteer every year. For more information, visit www.tomsofmaine.com.


About Louisburg Middle School SADD
The Louisburg Middle School SADD chapter was started in August 2013 to bring attention to destructive decisions that impact students at the middle school level such as alcohol usage, drug usage and bullying.  In addition to dealing with destructive decisions the chapter focuses on youth development, youth leadership, and civic engagement.  The first year over 80 students participated in the club.  Today the number has grown to over 185 students.  It is the largest, most active student organization at Louisburg Middle School.  The SADD chapter has been recognized for its efforts as it was awarded the 2014 SADD National Best of SADD Judge’s Award and the 2014 Kansas SADD Chapter of the Year award.  To learn more about the Louisburg Middle School SADD chapter online at http://www.louisburgsadd.com/ or at http://www.facebook.com/lmssadd


About Tom's of Maine

Tom’s of Maine is a leading natural products company focused on oral and personal care carrying high quality toothpaste, mouthwash, dental floss, antiperspirant, deodorant, bar soap, lip balm and  baby shampoo and lotion products. Our Stewardship Model guides every decision we make ensuring that our ingredients, processing, and packaging meet our rigorous standards for being natural, sustainable, and responsible.  For over 45 years, Tom’s of Maine has invested in hundreds of nonprofit efforts by giving 10% of its profits back to organizations that support people and the planet and by encouraging employees to use 5% (12 days) of paid time to volunteer.  Tom’s of Maine employees regularly contribute suggestions for improving the company's high sustainability standards. And their ideas, from wind power to ways to improve recycled and recyclable packaging options, are critical to the company's sensitive way of doing business. Most Tom's of Maine products are vegan, kosher and halal certified and gluten-free. All packaging is recyclable through a partnership with upcycling leader TerraCycle or participating municipalities. Tom's of Maine values partnering with its consumers, suppliers and community organizations to support lasting, positive change that is good for people and the planet. To learn more visit us online at http://www.tomsofmaine.com/ or at http://www.facebook.com/TomsofMaine