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Horace Mann to donate $25,000 on National Teacher Day

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (April 14, 2014) – The Horace Mann Companies will flash fund $25,000 in DonorsChoose.org projects at Horace Mann schools throughout the day on National Teacher Day, May 6. Educators need to have their project posted to DonorsChoose.org before May 5 to be eligible for the random selection of projects to fund.   

“This is a perfect time for educators to take advantage of DonorsChoose.org and what they offer,” says Tom Curran, vice president, national sales and distribution. “Our agents have helped teachers throughout the nation post DonorsChoose projects, and to see projects funded and know teachers and students have supplies they might not otherwise have is a great feeling. Whether it’s pencils and paper, iPads or an exercise ball, teachers get to determine their greatest need and donors get to support educators with donations. We’re honored to be a part of the process.”   

Horace Mann, an insurance company Founded by Educators for Educators®, is doing the flash funding as part of a larger movement to #TeachItForward during Teacher Appreciation Week. In addition to flash funding $25,000 in DonorsChoose.org projects, each day during Teacher Appreciation Week they will randomly select an educator who has entered their Teach It Forward giveaway to receive a gift valued at $500 – and that educator will select another educator to surprise with a gift valued at $500, as well. Details of the contest will be available on their Facebook pagereacheverychild.com and horacemann.com on April 28.   

DonorsChoose.org is a website connecting teachers to donors. Since starting a partnership with the website in 2011, Horace Mann has donated more than $2 million to DonorsChoose.org, helping fund the projects of thousands of teachers. On National Teacher Day, any project from a Horace Mann school posted as of May 5 will be eligible for flash funding, and DonorsChoose.org will randomly choose projects to fund. Only one project per teacher will be funded, up to $1,000.  

About Horace Mann

Horace Mann (Horace Mann Educators Corp. (NYSE:HMN) is the largest national multiline insurance company focusing on educators' financial needs. Horace Mann provides auto and homeowners insurance, retirement annuities, life insurance and other financial solutions. Founded by Educators for Educators® in 1945, the company is headquartered in Springfield, Ill. For more information about the company, visit horacemann.com 

About DonorsChoose.org

Founded in 2000, DonorsChoose.org is a nonprofit website where public school teachers describe specific educational projects for their students, and donors can choose the projects they want to support. To date, nearly 183,000 public and charter school teachers have used the site to secure funding for $237 million in books, art supplies, technology, and other resources that have supported 11.2 million students.   

 Contact:  Michelle Eccles, Horace Mann, 217-788-5394, michelle.eccles@horacemann.com

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