Children’s Educational Network announced today that Maredy, a leader in school and community group fundraising products, has signed a deal to represent them in the first ever “Keep Kids Safe Online” national school fundraising initiative.
San Diego, CA- Feb. 10th, 2008 - Maredy Corporation, a leader in school and community group fundraising products, signed an exclusive “pilot” deal with Children’s Educational Network (CEN) that will focus on a National Fundraising Program to keep Kids Safe Online. Maredy specializes in catalog fundraising products including cookie dough, chocolates, candy bars and gift wrap.
"Our focus is fundraising for schools around the country. Every year Maredy helps over 15,000 groups raise money for things that are important to them. It seems only natural that we would take the opportunity to expand the community of people that we help and strategically align with CEN to promote the importance of keeping kids safe, at school and at home, from online predators and inappropriate or pornographic content.” said Carlton van Putten, Chief Operating Officer for Maredy. “Schools get to help themselves and help their students learn about internet safety at the same time.”
Maredy’s commitment to fundraising for wonderful, purpose driven causes has been ongoing throughout its company history. Maredy has a partnership with the Star of Life/C.S. Landre Foundation to help support families with children in crisis. Maredy helped Star of Life raise $50,000 aid families with a child in a cognitive education program. The current deal with CEN will establish an even broader base of community outreach that supports Maredy mission. The results of the pilot will be released in July 2008.
Greg Writer, CEN Founder and CEO, believes getting the message to kids about online safety in schools is the second, only to in the home, most important environment to educate kids about dangers of being unprotected online. According to recent FBI statistics, kids surfing the net and entering chat rooms have a 100% chance of being approached by an online sexual predator.
With this partnership, and other strategic relationships with DreamWorks, Miss America Organization and The National Crime Prevention Council, CEN is on track to reach its singular goal: build the world’s largest online network for kids built on safety and education.
Maredy Corporation is a catalog fundraising company specializing in http://www.5dollarfundraiser.com [school fundraising] events. Founded in 1988, Maredy has distribution locations in Illinois and California totaling over 60,000 square feet. Maredy’s product line includes candy, chocolate, and http://www.cookiedoughfundraiser.com [cookie dough fundraiser] products. Their web presence, Maredy.com offers free catalogs for school, teen, elementary, and community group fundraising, as well as information and ideas for fundraising projects. Over two million individuals have sold Maredy fundraising products to raise money for fundraiser events.
About Children’s Educational Network:
Children’s Educational Network (CEN) is building the premier, online community for children –The Ultimate Kids’ Internet” ™ or “TUKI” ™, – specifically designed to provide a safe, fun and educational Internet experience for kids only accessible through CEN’s TUKI Kid Safe Internet Browser, a software program that includes parental controls. Through its multiple cartoon themes that appeal to kids of various ages and gender, TUKI offers fun, educational content that inspires and motivates children in a positive manner. The software accelerates a child’s education and exploration of the Internet in an entertaining manner, while protecting them from online predators, pornography, hate, violence, drugs and inappropriate content on the Internet. Other companies and organizations can participate in protecting kids on the Internet, expand their brand to the desktop and build customer loyalty by co-branding or offering their own private labeled TUKI Internet browser built on CEN’s technology. Partnership information: Children’s Educational Network, http://www.ChildrensEducationalNetwork.com, 760-233-2863.