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South Carolina Elementary School Wins Cintas Documen-Tree Contest

Cherryvale Elementary to receive five historic trees and $5,000 for new school supplies from Cintas

CINCINNATI – March 21, 2011Cintas Corporation (Nasdaq:CTAS), the leader in secure document management, today announced that Cherryvale Elementary in Sumter, S.C., is the grand prize winner of its inaugural Documen-Tree contest. As a result, the school will win five unique, historical trees from AMERICAN FORESTS’ Historic Tree Program in honor of Earth Month in April. Additionally, Cintas will award the school with $5,000 for new school supplies.

 “We are thrilled to have won the contest and our students look forward to the historic tree planting ceremony with Cintas and AMERICAN FORESTS,” said Cathy Perry, Third Grade Science Teacher at Cherryvale Elementary. “We plan to use the grand prize money to enhance our environmental programs and continue to teach students ways they can reduce their impact on the environment and make the earth a better place to live.”

Since August 2010, students across the nation entered Cintas’ Documen-Tree contest by submitting a creative video or text submission stating why they thought their school deserved to win. Receiving more than 3,000 votes from the public, students at Cherryvale Elementary won for their video titled “The Recycling Rangers.” The video starred students involved in the school earth club and energy team. The ‘Rangers’ highlighted creative ways their school helps save the environment, which includes creating art projects out of recyclable materials and implementing a waste reduction program in the cafeteria.

In addition to the five historic trees and $5,000 cash prize, 100 trees will be donated in Cherryvale Elementary’s name to an AMERICAN FORESTS’ Global ReLeaf restoration project. This program restores forests, which is important for wildlife, clean water and carbon sequestration. Cintas Document Management will also host a free SmartShred™ event for the school and community. The event will help protect community members from identity theft and help drive recycling efforts. All of the shredded documents will be recycled into secondary paper products, such as paper towels, to reduce waste and impact on the environment.

Three runner-ups, which include Greenville Elementary School in Scarsdale, N.Y., Ouida Springer Elementary School in Rockwall, Texas, and Yargo Elementary School in Winder, Ga., will receive two historic trees for their school along with an educational program teaching students and the community about the significance of the trees and how to care for them. All other contest finalists will receive a pizza party from Cintas for their hard work and dedication to their school’s sustainability initiatives.

“We are pleased to have energized hundreds of students about sustainability and recycling through the Documen-Tree contest and are thankful to all participants,” said Brittney Kirk, Marketing Associate, Cintas Document Management. “Cintas Document Management has a strong commitment to the environment and we look forward to awarding Cherryvale Elementary students for their efforts and educating them about the importance of protecting their identities through their SmartShred Day.”

Cintas partnered with AMERICAN FORESTS to host the inaugural Documen-Tree contest. It is designed to educate and create awareness nationwide about the positive impact trees and recycling have on the environment.

To learn more about the contest or view the winning videos, please visit www.cintas.com/documentree.

For more information on Cintas’ document management programs, please visit www.cintas.com/documentmanagement.

About Cintas:
Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, Cintas Corporation provides highly specialized services to businesses of all types. Cintas designs, manufactures and implements corporate identity uniform programs, and provides entrance mats, restroom supplies, promotional products, first aid and safety products, fire protection services and document management services to approximately 800,000 businesses. Cintas is a publicly held company traded over the Nasdaq National Market under the symbol CTAS, and is a component of the Standard & Poor's 500 Index.

About AMERICAN FORESTS:
AMERICAN FORESTS is the nation’s oldest nonprofit citizens’ conservation organization. Our mission is to grow a healthier world with trees by working with communities on local efforts to restore and maintain forest ecosystems. Our work encompasses planting trees, calculating the value of urban forests, fostering environmental education, and improving public policy for trees at the national level. AMERICAN FORESTS has a goal to plant 100 million trees by 2020.

 



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