ONE DROP

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February 02, 2012 09:30 ET

ONE DROP Teams Up with ePals Corporation to Raise Youth Awareness of Water Related Issues

Free resources for students and teachers encourage sound habits for managing this precious resource for future generations

MONTREAL, QUEBEC and WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Feb. 2, 2012) - ONE DROP today announced a project on the ePals community, an online social network that reaches nearly 25 million teachers, parents and students from 200 countries, in order to invite primary and secondary school students to take part in fun, educational and inspirational activities on water-related issues. Starting today, this international platform will make learning tools, designed by ONE DROP, available free of charge to students and teachers. As teachers often use the ePals network to help their students learn a second language, ONE DROP will be offering activities in French, English and Spanish.

"ONE DROP's mission, in addition to fighting poverty by promoting access to water for all, is to inform and to mobilize communities about the importance of taking care of water, an invaluable resource essential to life," states ONE DROP's Executive Director Lili-Anna Pereša. "Through its model of engaging relationships, the ePals network is another innovative way of creating a forum on water-related issues while encouraging creativity."

In terms of content, ONE DROP's ePals page, through various educational activities, allows students to use a creative approach with an environmental touch. One of the projects is based on the Poetic Social Mission, the space voyage undertaken by Guy Laliberté, architect and president of ONE DROP, in September 2009. Students are invited to draw inspiration from Yann Martel's Poem, "What the Drop of Water Had to Say", and create their own composition. What the Drop of Water Had to Say, served as the underlying theme for Moving Stars and Earth for Water, a planetary communication operation coordinated by Guy Laliberté while aboard the International Space Station.

Students will also be invited to share their opinion by taking part in the ONE DROP discussion forum on water-related issues. Other activities, including some related with the AQUA museum exhibit, will help raise awareness among youth. Furthermore, a series of educational activities has also been developed for teachers to allow them to discuss water-related issues in class. All teaching material is also available in French, English and Spanish.

ONE DROP's ePals page is made possible thanks to the financial support of the RBC®.

To visit ONE DROP's ePals section, please go to www.epals.com/onedrop.

About ONE DROP

ONE DROP-an initiative of Guy Laliberté, Founder of Cirque du Soleil®-is an international non-governmental organization founded on October 29, 2007. With its arts-based approach, ONE DROP helps ensure sustainable development for communities by implementing educational projects, providing adapted solutions for access to safe water and granting microfinance loans. ONE DROP leads creative projects worldwide that seek to raise awareness among communities about water-related issues and encourage the adoption of responsible water management practices.To learn more, visit ONEDROP.org.

About ePals Corporation

ePals Corporation (TSX VENTURE:SLN) is an education media company and the leading provider of safe social learning networks (SLN). Focused on the K-12 market, ePals offers elementary and secondary school administrators, teachers, students and parents worldwide a safe and secure platform for building educational communities, providing quality digital content and facilitating collaboration for effective 21st century learning. ePals' award-winning products include: the ePals Global Community™; SchoolMail®365; LearningSpace®; and In2Books®, a common core eMentoring program that builds reading, writing and critical thinking skills. ePals customers and partners include International Baccalaureate, Microsoft Corporation, Dell Inc., IBM Corp., National Geographic and leading school districts across the United States and globally. ePals serves approximately 700,000 educators and reaches millions of teachers, students and parents in approximately 200 countries and territories. For the ePals Global Community, visit www.epals.com. Corporate information is available at www.corp.epals.com.

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