Grading the Nation's Classrooms: Teachers Speak Out in New Survey

Grading the Nation's Classrooms: Teachers Speak Out in New Survey

New Study from Bounty Paper Towels and Puffs Facial Tissues Finds 90% of Teachers Wouldn't Give Their Students an "A" for Cleanliness

CINCINNATI--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- A recent survey of the nation's teachers by Bounty Paper Towels and Puffs Facial Tissues revealed that one of the secrets to creating an ideal classroom rests in cleaning up all messes, from spills to runny noses. In partnership with Wakefield Research, the paper towel and tissue brands uncovered that 85 percent of surveyed teachers believe it takes less than an hour for their students to make a mess of their classroom - and keeping up with the mess is directly affecting their curriculum. With back to school season just around the corner, Bounty and Puffs -brands trusted by teachers - set out to uncover the dirt on our nation's classrooms.

Bounty and Puffs reveal the messes and germs lurking behind in an elementary school classroom after ...

Bounty and Puffs reveal the messes and germs lurking behind in an elementary school classroom after just one hour without paper towels and tissues! (Photo: Gary He)

A clean and healthy learning environment is an essential factor in the success of a school year. But, keeping a mess-free classroom can be costly. The majority (66%) of grade school teachers surveyed report they have avoided in-class projects or activities because of the mess they make - and not just once.

As part of their ongoing mission to help create learning environments that foster creativity, Bounty and Puffs are letting parents know how they can help keep their kid's classroom free from messes. By providing educators with products they trust, parents can ensure teachers are armed with the right tools to protect their classroom against every sneeze, glue spill and grimy mess. Here are other facts and figures for parents to keep in mind as they begin to stock up for back to school.

  • By the Numbers: On average, K-6 teachers go through 37 boxes of tissues each school year - about a box a week - and 24 rolls of paper towels during the school year.
  • Back to School, Back to Sickness: 56% of K-6 teachers feel back-to-school season is the most dangerous time of year for their own immune systems. With the strength and softness of Puffs Ultra Soft & Strong, teachers can help protect themselves - and their classroom - from cold and flu germs one sneeze at a time.
  • Time-out for Cleanliness: A majority of K-6 teachers (89%) feel cleaning their classroom competes with other classroom activities. With Bounty's "trap and lock technology," teachers can rest assured knowing that one sheet is absorbent enough to tackle big spills and allow them to spend less time stressing over classroom messes.
  • Shelling it Out for School Supplies: 48% of K-6 teachers anticipate spending more of their own money for school supplies in 2013-2014 than they did last year.

"With a new school year approaching, it's important for parents to know how they can help their local school, teacher or administrator keep the classroom clean and primed for learning," said Victoria Schooler, Communications Specialist for Bounty Paper Towels and Puffs Facial Tissues. "With Bounty and Puffs, we're giving teachers the tools to create a clean and healthy classroom that can truly foster creativity."

To help ease the burden on teachers and enrich their classroom environment, Bounty and Puffs launched the Back to School Sweepstakes on their Facebook pages last month. Through the sweepstakes, fans can enter to win a year's supply of Bounty and Puffs for themselves and the school of their choice.

For information on Bounty and Puffs, or to enter the Back to School Sweepstakes visit or

The Bounty & Puffs Teacher Survey was conducted by Wakefield Research between June 21ST, 2013 and June 28th, 2013. For this research, 1,001 telephone interviews were fielded among American elementary school teachers.

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