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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.

Rite Aid Foundation Welcomes 2019 Class of KidCents Charities – The Rite Aid Foundation

 As part of its ongoing efforts to improve the lives of children in the communities it serves, The Rite Aid Foundation is welcoming a new class of charities into its KidCents program for 2019, offering grants to 416 nonprofits that advance the health and wellbeing of children. Each charity will receive a $5,000 KidCents grant, totaling more than $2 million.

“The Rite Aid Foundation is committed to making a meaningful and lasting difference in the communities we serve. Improving the health and wellbeing of children is a critical component of that commitment,” said Tracy Henderson, director of The Rite Aid Foundation and charitable giving initiatives. “From empowering young girls to succeed to providing a safe place for children to stay, this year’s charities provide valuable services in their communities. We are proud to provide them with additional funding to make an even greater impact on the children they serve.”

The 2019 class includes 145 charities who are participating in the KidCents program for the first time. The selected charities’ programs encompass a wide variety of projects that advance children’s health and wellbeing, promote academic growth and support a safe environment to live and grow.

This year’s charities were selected in partnership with Rite Aid associates who live and work in communities served by Rite Aid, with a goal to positively impact the children living in those communities. In addition to a one-time $5,000 KidCents grant, each charity also will have access to a variety of funding opportunities throughout 2019.

To enroll in KidCents and start donating today, click here.

The Rite Aid Foundation Launches the Prescription Drug Safety Program in Scranton-Area High School – The Rite Aid Foundation

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To continue addressing the growing concern regarding adolescent drug abuse and misuse across the country, The Rite Aid Foundation is bringing the Prescription Drug Safety Program to Scranton-area high schools.

At an event at Carbondale Area High School on Friday, December 7, The Rite Aid Foundation formally launched the program for local schools, with speakers including members of the Carbondale Area School District’s leadership team, Carbondale Police Chief Brian Bognatz, as well as a representative of Senator Bob Casey’s office.

“Prescription drug abuse is a serious and growing problem across the United States. Every day 116 people die from opioid-related drug overdoses” said Tracy Henderson, director of The Rite Aid Foundation. “Our nation is in the midst of an unprecedented epidemic that threatens the health, safety and wellbeing of our young people. The Rite Aid Foundation is proud to introduce this important prevention education to Scranton-area students. We hope it arms them with the skills and knowledge to make smart decisions and prevent abuse before it occurs.”

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. In addition, the number of drug overdose deaths is increasing more rapidly in Pennsylvania than any other state in the nation.

“The mission of the Carbondale Area school district is to prepare all students to be active and productive citizens of a changing global community by fostering lifelong self-directed learning,” said Superintendent Robert Mehalick. “The Prescription Drug Safety course supports our district’s mission by empowering students with the tools and skills they need to make their own informed and healthy choices when it comes to using medications.”

After the prepared remarks, students led discussion groups with invited guests to reflect on their own key takeaways from the course. “There’s just a lot of staggering information about the opioid epidemic,” said a Carbondale student. “To learn this information at a younger age is key, because then you go into the real world knowing all of this and then when you’re faced with a tricky situation, it’s a lot easier to respond when you’re educated. I’m just thankful I had the opportunity to take this course.”

The Rite Aid Foundation has made a three-year, $1.7 million commitment to the Prescription Drug Safety program. This donation also funds the introduction of the Prescription Drug Safety program to high schools in Ohio, California, Michigan, Oregon and Pennsylvania. The program is expected to reach more than 400 high schools.

Thanks For Giving from The Rite Aid Foundation – The Rite Aid Foundation

This holiday season, The Rite Aid Foundation said “Thanks For Giving” to more than 440 KidCents charities by awarding each a $5,000 grant on #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media. In total, the KidCents Thanks For Giving Holiday program provided more than $2.2 million to partner charities, who will use the funds for programs and initiatives that help advance the charities’ efforts to improve the health, safety and wellbeing of children.

“The Rite Aid Foundation wanted to recognize and thank our KidCents charities for making a positive impact in their communities and helping to give kids better lives and brighter futures,” said Tracy Henderson, director of The Rite Aid Foundation and charitable giving initiatives. “We couldn’t think of a better time to share this exciting news than on #GivingTuesday, a day where helping others, something KidCents charities do all year long, is front and center.”

Some of the ways the KidCents Thanks For Giving Holiday program grants will be used include:

  •  Children’s Crisis Treatment Center, Philadelphia, PA: This non-profit agency will provide over 1,000 children with gifts this holiday season as a part of their annual toy drive.
  • Girls Inc. of Washington County, Hagerstown, MD: The after-school program designed to meet the unique needs of girls ages 6-18 will participate in several educational field trips that will reinforce learning and provide educational experiences away from their regular environment.
  • Little Flower Children and Family Services of New York, Brooklyn, NY: The non-profit charity, which serves children, families and individuals with developmental disabilities across New York City and Long Island, will provide nutrition workshops, gym memberships and dental care to foster children as a part of their wellness program.
  • Richstone Family Center, Hawthorne, CA: This non-profit social services agency will host a “Breakfast with Santa” event for children and families affected by child abuse and trauma, allowing attendees to enjoy a healthy breakfast, holiday games, and a morning of family wellness activities.
  • Wayfinder Family Services, Los Angeles, CA: The non-profit organization, which offers vision loss, special needs, foster and adoption, and mental health services, will allow 10 children who are blind, visually-impaired or multi-disabled to attend Camp Bloomfield and participate in challenging recreational and social activities.

In addition, Whaley Children’s Center in Flint, Michigan received an additional $2,500 grant for having the most engagement on their #KidCentsThanksForGiving social posts! The center provides tools to children and families who have experienced trauma to reach their full potential and will use their grant to remodel residence bedrooms and give children an even better place to call home.

 

Happy holidays from everyone at The Rite Aid Foundation!