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CVS Caremark teams up with VSA arts for “All Kids Can… Create”

BY Antoinette Alexander

WASHINGTON CVS’ charitable foundation Caremark All Kids Can has teamed up with international nonprofit organization VSA arts to launch a national call for visual art as part of a year-long campaign to encourage learning and community engagement through creating art.

“All Kids Can… Create” invites children nationwide aged 5 to 15 to create a piece of visual art. VSA arts’ affiliates will conduct local arts-based initiatives, which will culminate in a national exhibition in Washington DC in June. It will be part of VSA arts’ annual Start with the Arts Family Festival. VSA arts was founded in 1974 by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith to create a society where people with disabilities learn through, participate in and enjoy art.

Through the campaign, children will create original artwork, artist-in-residence programs in schools will expand access and document learning through the arts for students with disabilities, and CVS Caremark employees will lead volunteer activities that engage their communities and/or schools in building inclusive environments.

There are no limits to what a participant can create and children are invited to use both traditional and non-traditional art-making materials. There is no fee and entries must be received via digital photograph by March 14. For more information visit www.vsarts.org/allkidscan.

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Duane Reade signs RedPrairie for workforce management

BY Antoinette Alexander

MILWAUKEE Technology company RedPrairie Corp. has announced that Manhattan-based pharmacy retailer Duane Reade will implement its workforce management application, a move that will better align customer traffic with employee scheduling.

Under the agreement, Duane Reade will implement RedPrairie’s workforce management application, including optimized forecasting/scheduling and time and attendance modules.

“This implementation of RedPrairie’s solution will ensure that each of our 241 store locations are appropriately staffed and equipped to best service our extremely valued customers,” stated Chuck Newsom, senior vice president of store operations at Duane Reade, which operates about 241 stores.

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Hy-Vee partners with Caregivers Marketplace to offer cash back on purchases

BY Drew Buono

MILWAUKEE Hy-Vee has begun a partnership with The Caregivers Marketplace to offer cash back on purchases of eligible brand name health care products.

The Caregivers Marketplace will offer cash back on such products as Depend, Ensure, Glucerna, Poise, Polident, Citrucel, Oscal and many other brand eligible products.

“Hy-Vee is an excellent partner for Caregivers Marketplace. We share the same values of truly wanting to help consumers meet their healthcare needs affordably,” said Dave Wendland, vice president of Hamacher Resource Group, of which Caregivers Marketplace is a featured program. Chris Friesleben, director of communications for Hy-Vee said, “We are so pleased and excited to become an official outlet for Caregivers Marketplace. We pride ourselves on excellent customer service and meeting the needs of our shoppers in a meaningful way. Caregivers Marketplace will help us continue to fulfill that mission.”

Program information and cash back forms, resources for caregivers and more can be found at www.caregiversmarketplace.com.

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