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The Rite Aid Foundation, Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation and PA Attorney General Josh Shapiro Team Up to Fight Adolescent Drug Abuse and Misuse – The Rite Aid Foundation

EVERFI KidCents Blog PhotoThe Rite Aid Foundation, Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation and Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro are teaming up to bring the Prescription Drug Safety program, an innovative digital course about prescription drug abuse prevention, to Pittsburgh-area high schools. The Pittsburgh initiative is part of a three-year, $1.125 million commitment from The Rite Aid Foundation’s KidCents Program.

The new partnership was officially announced during a presentation on March 22, at Pittsburgh Brashear High School, one of the schools integrating the digital course into its curriculum. Representatives from each organization were also recognized during the Pittsburgh Penguins match-up against the Philadelphia Flyers, at PPG Paints Arena on March 25. More than 18,000 fans were in attendance and learned about the Prescription Drug Safety program.

The program, developed by EVERFI, the nation’s leading education technology innovator, uses an evidence-based, public health approach to empower high school students with the skills and knowledge they need to make safe and healthy decisions about prescription drugs. Through interactive scenarios and self-guided activities, students learn the facts about drugs, how to properly use and dispose of them, and how to step in when faced with a situation involving misuse.

“Prescription drug abuse and misuse is a growing issue that poses a serious threat to the health, safety and well-being of our nation’s young people,” said Kermit Crawford, president and chief operating officer of Rite Aid Corporation and president of The Rite Aid Foundation. “The Rite Aid Foundation is proud to help introduce this important prevention education initiative to high school students so they can gain awareness and have the knowledge they need to stay safe and prevent abuse before it occurs.”

In addition to the activation in Pittsburgh-area schools, as part of its commitment to creating safe and healthy environments for children and teens, this year, The Rite Aid Foundation, through its KidCents program, will also fund the introduction of the Prescription Drug Safety program to high schools in the Harrisburg/York/Lancaster/Lebanon and Wilkes Barre/Scranton markets in Pennsylvania, as well as several communities in Ohio, Washington and Oregon.

 

 

Families Celebrated the Holidays at the Children’s Home Society of California Oakland Family Resource Center – Alice Luck

In December, the Oakland Family Resource Center, a program of the Children’s Home Society of California, presented their third annual holiday event, Winter Reading Wonderland. The event was a great success! Thirty-two families and 102 children attended. The children decorated holiday ornaments with their parents and attended story-time activities. More than 200 children’s toys were given out, courtesy of Toys for Tots and Petco, and 102 children’s books were distributed, courtesy of First Book.

The Oakland Family Resource Center presents several special events each year to promote early literacy, family wellness, and school readiness. The special events and our other core programs at the Oakland FRC are made possible through generous support from our donors and funders, including the Rite Aid Foundation’s KidsCents program. We want to thank Rite Aid for their continued support in 2018, enabling the Oakland FRC to continue offering fun, educational events and programs that help to strengthen vulnerable families across the East Bay and provide all children with the best possible start in life.

The Oakland Family Resource Center is located in the Eastmont Town Center in East Oakland. In addition to special events, the center offers the Resource and Referral Program, Early Developmental Screenings, and the Parent Connection Circle. The center is open Monday-Friday from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM. Families are welcome to visit on a drop-in basis or call (510) 267-1860 to schedule an appointment. All services are offered in English and Spanish.

Charity: Children’s Home Society of California

Rite Aid KidsCents Makes Dreams Come True for Abused Kids – Joan Ford

Thank you, Rite Aid Foundation KidsCents Program! Your generosity allowed Free Arts to hold its first ever “Celebration of Volunteers,” a night to recognize and honor our long-term, dedicated and hardworking volunteers.

Free Arts relies on more than 200 trained volunteer mentors who donate thousands of hours annually to help abused, impoverished and homeless children recover hope and self-esteem. We could not do programs without our volunteers and we truly appreciated the opportunity to recognize and honor their successes.

Thank you!

Charity: Free Arts

KidCents Grant Helps Young Children Imagine the Possibilities – Mikayla DiCesare

The Woodlands is a nonprofit organization in Wexford, PA that provides children and adults with disabilities and chronic illnesses a barrier-free environment, innovative programs and activities, and an impassioned, nurturing staff. Cub Club, a day camp for children ages 6-12, was created as a means to introduce young children to the many recreational, social and fitness programs The Woodlands 52-acre campus has to offer. Cub Club is held every other Saturday during the academic year.

With assistance from the Rite Aid Foundation’s KidCents program, The Woodlands can continue to provide opportunities for young children to imagine the possibilities.

We are proud to be a KidCents charity!

Charity: The Woodlands

Rite Aid Foundation Makes Wishes Come True This Holiday Season – The Rite Aid Foundation

In the spirit of the holiday season, The Rite Aid Foundation announced it is awarding a total of $2.2 million to its partner charities through the KidCents Holiday Wishes Program. The program was created to spread some extra holiday cheer to the KidCents charities that give so much to their clients and communities throughout the year. More than 440 KidCents charities will receive a $5,000 grant to help make a holiday wish of their choice come true.

“The Rite Aid Foundation wanted to give our KidCents charities a special gift this holiday season, in recognition of all they do to give the children they serve a chance for better lives and brighter futures,” said Tracy Henderson, director of The Rite Aid Foundation and charitable giving initiatives.

Some of the holiday wishes being grant through the program include:

  • Miracle Babies, San Diego, CA: The nonprofit organization, which provides education, support and financial assistance to families with critically ill newborns in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, is creating holiday care packages that will be distributed to 500 parents (photos below!)
  • The Boys and Girls Club, Tar River Region, NC: The local chapter, which provides after-school programming to thousands of kids ages 5-18 years old at three separate locations, plans to replace insulation that was damaged by Hurricane Matthew last year.
  • The Children’s Village, Dobbs Ferry, NY: The nonprofit organization, which provides innovative residential and community-based program to at-risk children, teens and families, is creating a new game room for the 300 kids who live at the facility.
  • Northeast Youth Center, Spokane, WA: The youth center, which provides educational and recreational activities to children ages 3-17, will help kids stay warm this winter by providing winter coats and boots.
  • Washtenaw Area Council for Children, Ypsilanti, MI: Michigan Children’s Trust Fund’s designated agency for the prevention of child abuse and neglect in Washtenaw County is purchasing 25 tablets and one laptop to begin offering a cyber safety program to its members.

The Rite Aid Foundation is proud to make KidCents charities’ wishes come true this holiday season. If you represent a KidCents charity, share your holiday wish story on the online community so that we can see how the program is making a difference in the communities we serve and spread even more joy.

Happy holidays from everyone at Rite Aid and The Rite Aid Foundation!

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Wrapping Up a Fantastic 2017 – Michele Lawson

2017 has been another year packed with educational and social activities at the Boys & Girls Clubs of La Habra.

One of our favorite highlights in 2017 was a unique opportunity for twenty-two of our teen members to take part in a Northern California Gear Up 4 College trip. Along with 22 teens from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Whittier, the group was accompanied by six staff members from our Clubs on the four-night trip. They toured UC Santa Cruz, San Francisco State University, University of California at Berkeley, and Stanford. They also took in cultural sites such as the Golden Gate Bridge and museums.

To further enrich the experience, the group arranged to spend the night at local Boys & Girls Clubs in the Bay Area. This was a great opportunity for teens from all of the Clubs to meet each other and share their Club experiences.

The teens were very excited to see campuses that are not only famous, but very different from the local colleges they have visited in Southern California. At each school, they were on student-led tours that gave them insight into campus life, major points of interest, and requirements to attend that school. They came back with enthusiasm and high aspirations to explore colleges and take steps to prepare for the application process.

We would like to sincerely thank KidCents and the Rite Aid Corporation for their generous support of our youth. We are grateful to have partners who believe in our mission of helping children grow to reach their full potential as responsible, caring, and productive adults.