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Roche Diagnostics to partner with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful to create outdoor classroom at local elementary

INDIANAPOLIS – (May 10, 2012) Brook Park Elementary will receive an outdoor classroom this Friday May 11, with the help of Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. (KIB) and more than 200 Roche Diagnostics (Roche) employees as part of its annual Day of Service event.

Nearly 100 trees will be planted on the school’s campus, as well as the construction of a rain garden, and raised garden beds – all to create an outdoor learning lab. More than 2,500 native plants will be installed on this one-day service event.
“Roche is a proud supporting partner of Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, said Tom Adkins, SVP of Roche Diagnostics Organization. “This will be a great day to add muscle to a wonderful organization, but also model professional collaboration and commitment to sustainability for the kids at Brook Park Elementary.”

More than 300 students together with Roche volunteers will be working at the environmental magnet school to provide the students with daily access to nature, including converting an old running track into a large bio-retention basin landscaped with native plants. As a KIB Club, Brook Park Elementary engages students, educators and caring adults in the renewal of public spaces by working closely with to provide learning opportunities and beautify the community.

“This opportunity for Roche employees to join students to transform an outdoor space by planting trees, building a rain garden and raised beds will leave a lasting impact not only on the community, but the volunteers,” said David Forsell, president of Keep Indianapolis Beautiful. “Our work is about building a community through environmental improvement, this project is a true representation of that mission.”

For more information on KIB’s efforts to beautify the city, to learn about KIB programs or to donate, please visit www.kibi.org.

About Roche Diagnostics
Headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, Roche is a leader in research-focused healthcare with combined strengths in pharmaceuticals and diagnostics and about 80,000 employees worldwide. The diagnostics division offers a broad portfolio of tools that help healthcare providers diagnose and monitor diseases like congestive heart failure, HIV, hepatitis and diabetes, as well as other medical conditions. These products and services are used by researchers, physicians, patients, hospitals and laboratories to help improve people’s lives. Roche Diagnostics’ North American headquarters, located in Indianapolis, has about 4,200 employees and is home to U.S. research and development, laboratory, manufacturing, distribution, information technology and administrative operations. For more information: www.roche-diagnostics.us or www.roche.com.

About Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. (KIB)
Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. is a private, nonprofit organization uniting people to build community and transform public spaces through aesthetic and environmental improvement. In 2011, KIB worked with more than 46,000 volunteers on over 600 community projects throughout the city. To learn more, visit www.kibi.org, or follow us on Twitter @kibiorg and like us on Facebook @kibiorg.