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Roche Employees will Take Part in Annual Day of Service this Friday by Constructing an Outdoor Classroom on the North Eastside KIB and Roche partner with Oaklandon Elementary School to bring nature to the classroom

INDIANAPOLIS – (May 8, 2013) Oaklandon Elementary will receive an outdoor classroom this Friday May 10, with the help of more than 200 Roche Diagnostics (Roche) employees as part of its annual Day of Service event with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. (KIB).

“Roche is proud to once again support Keep Indianapolis Beautiful’s efforts, and partner on this multi-faceted community greening project,” said Tom Adkins, SVP of Roche Diagnostics Organization. “Getting out into the community with a wonderful organization like KIB helps make our city a better place, strengthens our commitment to sustainability, and reinforces our model of professional collaboration.”

More than 300 students together with 200 Roche volunteers will be working at the environmental studies magnet school to help provide students with hands-on experience and daily access to nature in the school’s outdoor learning lab. This will include planting nearly 200 trees on the school’s campus, sprucing up the existing gardens, creating new gardens, planting near the pond and in a nature play area, painting inside and outside the school, putting in a mulch trail, and weeding.

“Working closely alongside Roche employees to beautify another Indianapolis school speaks specifically to our work of creating vibrant impact: helping people and nature thrive,” said David Forsell, president of Keep Indianapolis Beautiful. “By transforming this space and creating added value to the environment in which these students learn and play; this project will not only leave a lasting impact on the youth, but the volunteers and the community.”

Additional support for this project was made possible by Indianapolis Power & Light; their donations helped to pay for trees planted at the school. For more information on KIB’s efforts to beautify the city, to learn about KIB programs or to donate, please visit

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: or

About Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. (KIB)
Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. is a private, nonprofit organization with a mission to engage diverse communities to create vibrant public places, helping people and nature thrive. In 2012, KIB worked with more than 30,000 volunteers on over 600 community projects. To learn more, visit, or follow us on Twitter @kibiorg and like us on Facebook @kibiorg.