Biting into the New School Year Together

    - Bayer Inc. announces new community partnership with North Kipling
    Junior Middle School -

    TORONTO, Sept. 5 /CNW/ - September is Breakfast for Learning Month and
Bayer Inc. (Bayer) and North Kipling Junior Middle School (NKJMS) today
announced their new community partnership.
    "Bayer Inc. has a longstanding commitment to philanthropy. We are
dedicated to health, education, science and the betterment of the communities
in which we operate", said Philip Blake, President & CEO, Bayer Inc.
"North Kipling Junior Middle School is right in our backyard and we are very
proud to be their partner. Bayer employees are very excited about beginning
the school year with a number of volunteer activities that we believe will
enrich the lives of both the employees and students."
    "We are thrilled to be partnering with Bayer," said Lesa Semcesen,
Principal, NKJMS. "The opportunities to learn from one another and work
together have endless potential."
    With this new partnership - the first of its kind for both Bayer and
NKJMS - Bayer employees will have the opportunity to volunteer in a variety of
school programs including the Breakfast Club, which provides a hot,
nutritionally balanced breakfast to about 100 children every morning, the
Lunch Club, a first for the school, as well as one-on-one mentoring and
tutoring where a Bayer employee and a student are partnered for at least one
hour every week.
    NKJMS is located in the heart of the Bayer community - just ten minutes
North of our Belfield Rd. Canadian headquarters - and is a home-away-from-home
for 750 students from kindergarten to grade eight. The school is located in a
high need community and faces unique challenges.

    About Breakfast for Learning Month

    "Breakfast for Learning" was founded in 1992 by the editors of
Canadian Living Magazine to address the needs of hungry children in Canada.
Every September, Breakfast For Learning Month is celebrated across the country
to emphasize the importance of child nutrition.
    In order to be active learners children need to be properly nourished.
However; 31 per cent of elementary school children do not eat breakfast
daily (1). Studies have shown that children who have a nutritious breakfast
are able to retrieve information more quickly and accurately, make fewer
errors in problem solving activities and have better concentration(2).

    About Bayer Inc.

    Bayer Inc. (Bayer) is a Canadian subsidiary of Bayer AG, an international
research-based group with core businesses in health care, crop science, and
innovative materials. Headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Bayer Inc. operates
the Bayer Group's HealthCare and MaterialScience businesses in Canada.
Bayer CropScience Inc., headquartered in Calgary, Alberta operates as a
separate legal entity in Canada. Together, the companies play a vital role in
improving the quality of life for Canadians - producing products that fight
diseases, protecting crops and animals, and developing high-performance
materials for applications in numerous areas of daily life. Canadian Bayer
facilities include the Toronto headquarters and offices in Ottawa and Calgary.
Bayer Inc. has approximately 1,000 employees across Canada and had sales of
over $910 million CDN in 2006. Globally, the Bayer Group had sales of over
28 billion Euro in 2006. Bayer Inc. invested approximately $47 million CDN in
research and development in 2006. Worldwide, the Bayer Group spends the
equivalent of over 2 billion Euro in 2006 in R&D.

    About North Kipling Junior Middle School

    North Kipling Junior Middle School (NKMJS) serves approximately
750 students from junior kindergarten to grade eight. It serves a multi-ethnic
community in the Rexdale area. The school is located in a high need community
and faces unique challenges. The population of the school consists of many new
Canadians who speak a variety of different languages. The school's Principal
and staff are committed to teaching responsibility, respect and equality while
providing every student with the opportunity to succeed.

    (1) Breakfast For Learning
    (2) Dairy Council of California, Good Nutrition: The First Step in
        Getting Kids Ready to Learn.

For further information:

For further information: Emily Hanft, Bayer Inc., (416) 240-5434,

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