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Louie Castriota Receives The Rite Aid Foundation’s KidChamp Award – The Rite Aid Foundation

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Rite Aid’s Tracy Henderson, Susan Henderson, Bryan Everett, Bill Renz, and Gayle Rife present KidChamp award to Louie Castriota and his daughter Brooke Castriota.

The Rite Aid Foundation announced that Louie Castriota, founder and chairman of the board of Leg Up Farm, in Mount Wolf, Pennsylvania, has been awarded its KidChamp Award for his innovative vision and unwavering commitment to provide children with special needs a comprehensive, convenient and centralized location to receive specialized therapy. Mr. Castriota is the 5th to receive a KidChamp award and was presented the award today in a special ceremony by Tracy Henderson, director of The Rite Aid Foundation and charitable giving initiatives and members of The Rite Aid Foundation’s Board of Directors: Bryan Everett, Chief Operating Officer; Susan Henderson, Chief Communications Officer; and Bill Renz, Senior Vice President, Category Management & Marketing.

Mr. Castriota and his wife, Laurie, first had the idea to open Leg Up Farm as a therapeutic riding center in 1997, merging their love of animals and children. Six months after their vision came to fruition, their daughter Brooke, was diagnosed with mitochondrial disease, which causes both cognitive and motor function delays.

As they searched for the best treatment options for Brooke, the Castriotas found services spread-out and lacking in integration and convenience. That prompted them to significantly widen their vision for Leg Up Farm and create a facility that was unlike any in the nation.

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Aerial view of Leg Up Farm

Mr. Castriota, officially opened Leg Up Farm in 2010, raising more than $10 million in funding through a combination of private contributions, public fundraising events, and federal, state and foundation grants. Leg Up Farm is the only facility in the country to provide physical, occupational, speech, and aquatic therapy, counseling, therapeutic horseback riding, nutritional, education and recreational programming all under one roof. Since opening its doors, Leg Up Farm has increased capacity. To date, the facility has served more than 2,700 children with special needs and their families.

“I am truly honored to receive the KidChamp Award and I’d like to thank The Rite Aid Foundation and KidCents for supporting our efforts to provide life-changing services to children impacted by special needs and their families,” said Mr. Castriota. “Providing a comprehensive array of services in a convenient, affordable and easily accessible location is critical to improving the overall health and wellbeing of the children we serve. At Leg Up Farm, we give kids the courage to dream. We can’t thank The Rite Aid Foundation enough for helping us make those dreams come true.”

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Louie Castriota, founder and chairman of the board of Leg Up Farm accepts the KidChamp award

In recognition of his service, Mr. Castriota received a $10,000 donation to Leg Up Farm from The Rite Aid Foundation and $500 in Rite Aid gift cards during a special ceremony at Leg Up Farm.

Congratulations to Louie, a true KidChamp!

The Rite Aid Foundation Launches New Cycle of KidCents Regional Grants – The Rite Aid Foundation

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The Rite Aid Foundation announced today that Letters of Interest are now being accepted for the second cycle of KidCents Regional Grants, which support nonprofit organizations with programs that serve children and improve the quality of life in Rite Aid communities.

The KidCents Regional Grant Program provides grants of $15,000-$30,000 and significantly expands the reach of KidCents by funding specific out-of-school time programs for youths in K-12 that support one of KidCents’ primary focus areas of improving the health and wellbeing of children. For the second grant cycle, organizations must offer out-of-school time programs that improve nutrition, physical fitness or academic success. In addition, the programs must contain an educational component.

“The Rite Aid Foundation created the KidCents Regional Grant Program to further advance our efforts to address critical children’s health and wellbeing issues in our communities by helping our nonprofit partners implement innovative programs that make a lasting and meaningful difference in the lives of children,” said Tracy Henderson, director of The Rite Aid Foundation and charitable giving initiatives. “Our first cycle of grants was so successful, we’ve expanded the program to support even more communities.”

Charitable organizations that have been in existence for at least one year, have a service area in targeted Rite Aid communities and are in good financial standing are eligible to apply.  For additional information about the program or to submit a Letter of Interest online visit www. riteaid.com/grants

The deadline for submitting a Letter of Interest is May 17, 2019. If The Rite Aid Foundation is interested in pursuing a proposed project, a representative will contact the charity to discuss the possibility of submitting a full online grant application. Submitting an online application does not guarantee funding. Grant recipients will be notified beginning in September.

The Rite Aid Foundation Launches Prescription Drug Safety Program in Portland-area Schools – The Rite Aid Foundation

The Rite Aid Foundation Launches Prescription Drug Safety Program in Portland-area Schools

In an effort to continue to address abuse and misuse of drugs by adolescents in the country, The Rite Aid Foundation is bringing the Prescription Drug Safety program to Portland-area high schools. At a press event at Centennial High School today, the Rite Aid Foundation formally launched the program with Centennial School District, U.S. Representative Earl Blumenauer and community leaders.

01-EverFiPortland_EDIT-KidCentsBlog_1280x87002-EverFiPortland_EDIT-KidCentsBlogEverFiPortland_EDIT-Facebook_1080x1080As part of its mission to create safe and healthy environments for children and teens, The Rite Aid Foundation, through its KidCents program, has made a $1.7 million commitment to the Prescription Drug Safety program, which is expected to reach more than 400 high schools.

Centennial High School is implementing the six-lesson online Prescription Drug Safety program as part of its health education program. Over the next year, at least 20 high schools in Washington, Clackamas and Multnomah counties will be launching the program.

“The rise of prescription drug misuse and abuse is one of the fastest-growing drug problems in the United States, and it’s having an adverse effect on the physical and mental health of our nation’s young people,” said Tracy Henderson, director of The Rite Aid Foundation and charitable giving initiatives. “We are proud to bring this important prevention program to Oregon students to educate them on the risks of prescription drug misuse and abuse and help combat this growing epidemic.”

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in 2016, 3.6 percent of adolescents aged 12 to 17 reported misusing opioids, over twice as high as older adolescents. While the number of deaths from opioids are decreasing, the rate of overdose among adolescents is increasing. In Oregon, a state audit recently completed by Secretary of State Dennis Richardson, revealed Oregon ranks sixth for teen opioid drug use.

“The opioid crisis continues to harm communities large and small across America,” said U.S. Representative Earl Blumenauer (OR-03), a member of the House Ways and Means subcommittee on Health.  “Every day that we delay addressing this epidemic, communities decline, families unravel, and lives are lost.  We need to help our children understand prescription drug abuse and misuse in order to prevent it before it starts.”

 

 

 

 

The Rite Aid Foundation Launches Prescription Drug Safety Program in Harrisburg-area Schools – The Rite Aid Foundation

RiteAid_SciTech_028In an effort to continue to address abuse and misuse of drugs by adolescents in the country, The Rite Aid Foundation is bringing the Prescription Drug Safety program to Harrisburg-area high schools. At an event at Harrisburg High School SciTech Campus on Thursday, the Rite Aid Foundation formally launched the program with Harrisburg School District, Executive Deputy Attorney General for Public Engagement Rob Reed and other governmental officials and community leaders.

Harrisburg School District is implementing the six-lesson online Prescription Drug Safety program as part of the health education program. Harrisburg High School SciTech Campus is one of the first Harrisburg-area school to integrate the program into its curriculum. Over the next year, numerous high schools in Cumberland, Dauphin, and York counties will be launching the program.

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“This vicious cycle of opioid abuse is one that young people are falling victim to far too often,” said Tracy Henderson, director of The Rite Aid Foundation and charitable giving initiatives. “Our country is faced with an unparalleled crisis that is critically impacting the lives of our children. One of Rite Aid’s core values is to be a caring neighbor, involved in meaningful ways in the communities we serve, especially if it involves improving the health and wellbeing of children. We are pleased to introduce this incredibly important prevention education program to students in the Harrisburg region, equipping them with the skills and knowledge to prevent abuse before it starts.”

Pennsylvania is one of the states hardest hit by prescription drug abuse and the opioid epidemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Pennsylvania is among the top five states with the highest rates of opioid-related deaths, with 5,388 deaths being attributed to opioid drug overdose in 2017.

“The opioid abuse epidemic is one of the worst public health crises in the state of Pennsylvania,” said Attorney General Josh Shapiro. “I’ve made fighting this epidemic a top priority and I’m thrilled that The Rite Aid Foundation is bringing this critically important education program to students in our region to increase their awareness of dangers associated with prescription drug abuse and help alleviate the crisis.”

 

 

 

The Rite Aid Foundation Launches Prescription Drug Safety Program in Akron Public Schools – The Rite Aid Foundation

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In an effort to continue to address abuse and misuse of drugs by adolescents in the country, The Rite Aid Foundation is bringing the Prescription Drug Safety program to Akron-area high schools. At an event at Firestone Community Learning Center today, the Rite Aid Foundation formally launched the program with Akron Public Schools, Congressman Tim Ryan and other governmental officials and community leaders.

The six-lesson, online program is being rolled out to Akron Public Schools first as part of the health education program, with Firestone Community Learning Center being the first. Over the next year, the goal is for twenty local high schools to activate the program.

“The abuse of prescription drugs and opioids is a serious national crisis that threatens the health, safety and wellbeing of our young people,” said Tracy Henderson, director of The Rite Aid Foundation and charitable giving initiatives. “One of Rite Aid’s core values is to be a caring neighbor, involved in meaningful ways in the communities we serve, especially if it involves improving the health and wellbeing of children. We are proud to introduce this critical prevention education program and provide Akron-area students with the skills and knowledge to prevent the dangerous cycle of abuse before it occurs.”

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Ohio is arguably one of the states hardest hit by prescription drug abuse and the opioid epidemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Ohio is among the top five states with the highest rates of opioid-related deaths. In 2017, there were 5,111 opioid-related overdose deaths in Ohio—more than double the national average. To help combat the opiate crisis, Ohio is investing more than $1 billion a year to help battle drug abuse and addiction at the state and local levels.

“There isn’t a community in the United States that hasn’t been touched by the opioid crisis.  Every day, I am reminded of the horrible suffering that this epidemic is inflicting on our neighbors, relatives and friends,” said Congressman Tim Ryan, co-chair of the Congressional Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Caucus and member of the Bipartisan Task Force to Combat the Heroin Epidemic. “I have made it my priority to educate and raise awareness about the dangers of heroin and opioid abuse. Community partnerships with organizations like The Rite Aid Foundation and innovative initiatives like the Prescription Drug Safety program are vital components to combatting this unprecedented national crisis.”

Akron Public Schools is implementing the six-lesson online Prescription Drug Safety program as part of the health education program. Firestone Community Learning Center is the first Akron-area school to integrate the program into its curriculum.

The Rite Aid Foundation Awards $4 Million Through New KidCents Regional Grant Program – The Rite Aid Foundation

As part of its ongoing efforts to address critical children’s health and wellbeing issues in the communities it serves, The Rite Aid Foundation announced today 180 grants, totaling more than $4 million through the inaugural cycle of the KidCents Regional Grant Program.

This new program, which provides grants of $15,000-$30,000, significantly expands the reach of KidCents by funding specific out-of-school-time programs focused on children’s nutrition, physical fitness and academic success. The KidCents program also annually supports a select group of more than 400 nonprofit, kid-focused organizations committed to improving the health and wellbeing of children living in the communities Rite Aid serves and national organizations focused on critical children’s issues, including The Fred Rogers Company, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and Folds of Honor.

“We created the KidCents program to ensure that kids have a chance for better lives and brighter futures,” said Tracy Henderson, director of The Rite Aid Foundation and charitable giving initiatives. “With the introduction of the KidCents Regional Grant program, we are expanding our efforts even more while filling a need for valuable out-of-school-time programming. In addition, we are enabling our partner nonprofit organizations to implement innovative, ground-breaking programs that advance children’s health and wellbeing and promote academic growth.”

KidCents Regional Grants support nonprofit organizations with programs that serve children, from newborn to 18 years of age, and improve the quality of life in Rite Aid communities.

Charities receiving grants range from local affiliates of national organizations like Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Girls on the Run to smaller community-based organizations like Stone Garage Inc. in Kennett Square, Pa., and the Eastern Market in Detroit, Mich. In addition, several of the 400 nonprofit organizations currently participating in the KidCents in-store round-up program were also awarded Regional Grants. Priority was given to programs that support communities in need.

Funded programs include arts education and conflict resolution programs, educational programs for LGBTQ youth, mentoring programs for at-risk youth, academic support for teenagers battling cancer, language programs for refugee children and food assistance and nutrition education for children in need.

The inaugural cycle of grants launched in May 2018 and was available in select counties in the following states: California, Delaware, Maryland, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington. Another cycle of KidCents Regional Grants will launch later this year. To learn more about the program visit riteaid.com/grants.