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Roche Employees will Take Part in Annual Day of Service This Friday by Greening Up a North Eastside Elementary School

INDIANAPOLIS – (May 8, 2014) Skiles Test Elementary School will receive a campus makeover this Friday May 9, 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).

More than 500 students together with 200 Roche volunteers will be working at the north eastside elementary school to help provide students with hands-on experience and daily access to nature. Friday’s activities will include planting nearly 50 fruit, nut and ornamental trees on the school’s campus, spring plantings in the American Heart Association Teaching Garden, removing invasive plants and mulching along the school’s outdoor trails, and other campus beautification projects.

The American Heart Association Teaching Garden consists of ten raised beds that were created last year with Roche Diagnostics. This was the eighth American Heart Association Teaching Garden to be planted in the metro area; and the first in Lawrence Township. The garden serves as a real-life laboratory where students learn how to plant seeds, nurture growing plants, harvest produce and ultimately understand the value of healthy eating habits.

WHEN:                 Friday, May 9 | 9AM to 1PM

WHERE:               Skiles Test Elementary, 7001 Johnson Road, Indianapolis, IN 46220

VISUALS:             Keep Indianapolis Beautiful and Roche volunteers engaging with Skiles Test Elementary students and staff, planting trees, a community garden and beautifying the campus.

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
As a global leader in diagnostics and pharmaceuticals, Roche is focused on doing now what patients need next. We are leading the way in developing research tools, tests and customized treatments that enable personalized healthcare solutions tailored to meet the needs of specific groups of patients.

The Roche Diagnostics North American headquarters, located at 96th Street and Hague Road, is home to U.S. research and development, laboratory, manufacturing, distribution, information technology and corporate headquarters operations in support of six diagnostics business areas: diabetes care, centralized diagnostics, applied science, molecular diagnostics, tissue diagnostics and point of care. About 4,600 employees report into Indianapolis, with about 3,000 working on-site.

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 2013, KIB worked with more than 30,000 volunteers on over 500 community projects. To learn more, visit www.kibi.org, or follow us on Twitter @kibiorg and like us on Facebook @kibiorg.

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