SAN DIEGO, April 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- CVS Caremark announced today its partnership with The Miracle Project, a non-profit organization that creates social skills programs for children with autism through the performing arts, to expand The Miracle Project School Inclusion Program to public schools in San Diego and San Jose, California. Supported by a $50,000 grant from CVS Caremark through its All Kids Can program, which is committed to helping children of all abilities to be the best that they can be, The Miracle Project School Inclusion Program will provide training programs for teachers, parents, caregivers, therapists and volunteers in the San Diego and San Jose communities to help create successful school environments for children of all abilities to thrive.
"CVS Caremark All Kids Can is committed to supporting organizations like The Miracle Project that promote inclusion and provide opportunities for children to learn, play and succeed in life," said Eileen Howard Boone, Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications & Community Relations for CVS Caremark. "We are proud to play a role in providing children with autism in the San Diego and San Jose communities with the opportunity to express themselves through musical theater."
Through its unique musical theater programming, The Miracle Project strives to celebrate the talents and potential of young people with autism by guiding them through creative workshops and artistic programs. The School Inclusion Program teaches educators how to implement The Miracle Project curriculum in schools throughout the community. The Miracle Project and CVS Caremark will offer a free "Unlocking Autism" training to the public in each of the two cities to teach community members how to connect children and teens with and without autism through theater, music and dance. On Thursday, April 26, CVS Caremark and The Miracle Project will host a training session at San Diego's Pioneer Day School and on Thursday, May 10, CVS Caremark and The Miracle Project will host a training session at San Jose's Campbell Community Center.
"The Miracle Project provides the services and skills necessary for children with autism to realize and cultivate their own talents and learn new ways to express themselves creatively," said Elaine Hall, Founder and President of The Miracle Project. "We look forward to this partnership with CVS Caremark All Kids Can and to working together to help make a difference in the lives of children and families impacted by autism in San Diego and San Jose through the joy of music, movement, drama and play."
The Miracle Project is now accepting applications from schools in the San Diego and San Jose area that are interested in participating in the ongoing "Unlocking Autism" trainings. For more information, please visit www.themiracleproject.org.
About CVS Caremark All Kids Can
CVS Caremark All Kids Can, a program of the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust and CVS Caremark, is committed to supporting children with disabilities. The goals of All Kids Can are to support children with disabilities by raising awareness in schools and in local communities about the importance of inclusion, creating greater opportunities for physical activity and play, and providing access to medical rehabilitation. CVS Caremark and its more than 200,000 employees plan to help children with disabilities learn, play, and succeed through partnerships with leading local and national nonprofit organizations such as VSA and many others across the country. www.cvscaremarkallkidscan.com.
About The Miracle Project
THE MIRACLE PROJECT is a 501c3 non-profit organization featuring a transformational social skills theater arts program that enables children and teens with autism and other special needs to express themselves through music, dance, acting, story, and writing. ALL children of ALL abilities grow in skill and in spirit while creating and performing in original musicals. This acclaimed arts program was documented in HBO's two-time EMMY Award-winning documentary, AUTISM: The Musical.
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