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American Cleaning Institute Recognizes Naperville, IL for Championing Packets UP! Challenge

Community rallies support and commitment to child safety by elevating critical need for safe storage of liquid laundry packets and cleaners


Washington, D.C., December 17, 2018 — Today, the American Cleaning Institute (ACI) applauds Naperville, IL families who participated in the Packets UP! Challenge (the Challenge). The Challenge, which ran from October thru November 2018, is part of ACI’s long-running national child safety campaign to raise awareness and reduce accidental exposure to liquid laundry packets.

In achieving the Challenge goal of engaging the Naperville community to take action and demonstrate safe-storage of cleaning products in the home, ACI is pleased to announce a $10,000 donation towards the Naperville Park District’s 95th Street Community Plaza, and a grand prize of a new washer and dryer set to one randomly selected Challenge participant.

“The laundry room is filled with opportunities for curious children to explore and have access to daily household cleaning supplies, including liquid laundry packets. We want to remind every parent and caregiver of the importance of keeping these products up and out of reach from children to help prevent accidents,” said Brian Sansoni, Senior Vice President of Communication and Outreach at the American Cleaning Institute. “The American Cleaning Institute is proud to celebrate Naperville residents and community partner, the Naperville Park District, for their commitment to the Packets UP! Challenge and helping spread awareness about laundry safety.”

The Challenge was designed to empower parents and caregivers to promote safe routines in their homes, and encourage others to do the same by sharing a photo of their safely stored liquid laundry packets and cleaning products using the hashtag #PacketsUP. Naperville, a community nationally recognized for leading safety and wellness initiatives, was selected from a nationwide search to serve as a model of how a community can successfully rally its own to modify safety behaviors by demonstrating prevention – in this case, helping reduce the number of unintentional exposures to liquid laundry packets and cleaners in the home by storing them up and out of reach from children.

“The Naperville Park District is grateful to the American Cleaning Institute for their partnership in helping promote safety – an aspect that is very important to us as an organization that works closely with children and families,” explained Ray McGury, Executive Director of the Naperville Park District. “We also are appreciative of the $10,000 donation from ACI that will go toward the development of the new 95th Street Community Plaza – a place that all residents will enjoy.”

About the American Cleaning Institute® (ACI – is the Home of the U.S. Cleaning Products Industry® and represents the $60 billion U.S. cleaning product supply chain. ACI members include the manufacturers and formulators of soaps, detergents, and general cleaning products used in household, commercial, industrial and institutional settings; companies that supply ingredients and finished packaging for these products; and chemical distributors. ACI serves the growth and innovation of the U.S. cleaning products industry by advancing the health and quality of life of people and protecting our planet. ACI achieves this through a continuous commitment to sound science and being a credible voice for the cleaning products industry.

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On Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011 Naperville Park District officials heard the good news for which they have been waiting for many months: the District has achieved national accreditation through the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA).

The decision was announced at the NRPA national conference in Atlanta following a formal hearing before the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA).

Naperville is only the second park district in Illinois to earn this distinction and the 104th nationally accredited agency in the nation; there are more than 10,000 recreation agencies in the United States. The Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies accredits a handful of park agencies each year that have completed a multi-step process involving a self-review by the agency, a site visit, and an evaluation and formal report by the Commission.

“We are extremely proud to bring this honor to Naperville,” said Park District Executive Director Ray McGury. “It’s an affirmation of our high standards and also an encouragement to continue bringing high quality recreation and parks experiences to our community.”

The Park District’s accreditation process began approximately one year ago and included an extensive self-evaluation by staff and a 5-day visit from CAPRA reviewers this past July. Maintaining the accreditation requires annual reports and 5- and 10-year reviews.

Park District staff members noted that the CAPRA process has helped them see the big picture, focus on long term goals and plans, review plans more regularly, organize documents so that they are accessible and useable, and collaborate more effectively with other departments and outside organizations.

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