The Rite Aid Foundation announced that Cathryn Tames, Executive Director of the Children’s Developmental Center in Richland, Washington, has been awarded its KIDCHAMPSM Award for her incredible work over the past 30 years to support children with disabilities and developmental challenges.
Bryan Everett, chief operating officer of Rite Aid Stores and member of The Rite Aid Foundation Board of Directors, also presented Ms. Tames with a $10,000 donation to the Children’s Developmental Center and $500 in Rite Aid gift cards to continue advancing its work to improve the health and well-being of children served by the organization.
“I am honored to receive the KIDCHAMP award from The Rite Aid Foundation and thank them for recognizing the tremendous strides we are making at the Children’s Developmental Center,” said Ms. Tames. “All children are gifted. I remain steadfast and committed to advancing our Center’s mission of helping every child achieve success in school and in life.”
The Children’s Developmental Center, which is the leading neuro-developmental center in the region, provides services to young children with disabilities and challenges in Benton and Franklin Counties. Additionally, the Center provides services to children within the Autism Spectrum and an Incontinence Program.
Ms. Tames joined the Children’s Developmental Center in 1984 as the Program Director and was promoted to Executive Director in 2004. Under her guidance and leadership, the Center now serves more than 300 children a month. She led the recent addition of an Applied Behavioral Analysis program to assist children on the autism spectrum and their families with new skills and communication styles to assist the children in being ready for schooling or other activities.
Ms. Tames is the third recipient of the KIDCHAMPSM Award, which The Rite Aid Foundation created in 2017 to recognize individuals in communities served by Rite Aid that have made a meaningful difference in the lives of children and teens by advocating for their health and well-being, championing education and academic growth and creating a safe environment for them to live and grow.
Congratulations to Ms. Tames!