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Cici's Pizza Helps Teachers Make Education Fun

(Friday, August 04, 2006) - CiCi's Pizza launches a "Teacher Tool Kit" providing teachers with educational and fun incentives for students for the new school year. The tool kit includes rewards for teachers to give students, fundraising ideas for school programs and a field trip opportunity.

"CiCi's Pizza strongly believes in the value of education, and we are committed to our local schools want to do whatever we can to help teachers and students," said Craig Moore, president of CiCi's Pizza. "Statistically, children who enjoy school become life-long learners, so we've provided teachers with a turnkey program that is not only educational and structured, but fun."

Beginning in August, franchise owners will start distributing the Teacher Tool Kits to the local schools. To kick-off the school year, teachers are encouraged to give their students CiCi's magnetic frames as a back-to-school gift. These frames also come with an All-Star Card that the teachers can utilize as a reward program for their classroom. CiCi's "Lunch and Learn" is a hands-on field trip engages students in math by having them count and measure product for the creation of their own pizza. Students are giving fun fact worksheets and certificate of completion. Parents and teachers can also continue the excitement by encouraging kids to play the new online educational games at www.cicispizza.com.

"The United States is lagging behind many European countries in their math skills," said Moore. "We used to be ranked number one and are now 24. For CiCi's focusing on education and giving parents and teachers simple tools to help kids enhance their skills is one our missions."
Founded in 1985, CiCi's Pizza is a family-oriented restaurant serving guests all the fresh salad, pasta, desserts and 16 kinds of pizza they want for $4.49. CiCi's credits its continued success to the company's philosophy. CiCi's mission then and now is to exceed each guest's expectation in food, service and cleanliness, all at their value-oriented price point. Since opening its first restaurant in Plano, Texas, CiCi's has grown to over 600 restaurants in 26 states. Over the past three years, CiCi's has opened nearly 220 new locations in new and existing markets.

Industry professionals have taken notice of CiCi's success. For the past three years, Nation's Restaurant News ranked CiCi's as number one for sales and unit growth in the pizza chain category. StartupJournal.com, The Wall Street Journal's guide for entrepreneurs, ranked CiCi's as one of the top 25 highest-performing brands in the nation. Franchise Today ranked CiCi's Pizza in the top 200 of all franchise concepts. The concept has received numerous other honors including recognition from Corporate Research International for best customer service in 2006 and 2005; a gold award from Restaurants & Institutions in its annual consumer choice in chains survey in the pizza category; Pizza Enterprise Industry of the Year in 2004 by Pizza Marketing Quarterly magazine; and a top rating in 2003 and 2004 in the Italian restaurant category for Entrepreneur magazine's Annual Franchise 500. Consumers have praised CiCi's customer service ranking them number one for four quarters through Real People Ratings, a survey conducted by Corporate Research International.

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