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CVS Caremark, VSA present All Kids Can Create Call for Art

BY Antoinette Alexander

WASHINGTON All Kids Can, a program of the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust and VSA, the international organization on arts and disability, are kicking off the 2011 All Kids Can Create Call for Art, which invites children ages 5 years to 15 years to explore and share their artistic talents.

This year’s theme, "Imagination Across America," encourages young people with and without disabilities to depict their favorite daydreams in art, whether they are of adventure, exotic locations, fantasy, superpowers or reminiscence. Artwork submitted before Feb. 4, 2011, at Artsonia.com will be featured in an online gallery and considered for display in a national touring exhibition debuting in Washington, D.C., in June 2011. This exhibition will feature two pieces of artwork from every state and the District of Columbia.

"CVS Caremark is proud to work with VSA to present All Kids Can Create, which is designed to offer children of all abilities a wonderful opportunity for personal expression," stated Eileen Dunn, SVP community relations for CVS Caremark. "As we kick off this year’s Call for Art, we look forward to seeing all the wonderful artwork submitted, and to celebrating the positive impact this inclusive program has on each and every child who participates."

In addition, teachers who submit their students’ artwork are eligible to receive 1-of-5 $1,500 cash awards for use in their classrooms. Last year’s All Kids Can Create Call for Art resulted in 5,500 submissions from across the country.

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Dollar Tree completes purchase of Dollar Giant assets

BY Michael Johnsen

CHESAPEAKE, Va. Dollar Tree on Wednesday announced that it has completed its purchase of the assets of 86 Dollar Giant stores for approximately $52 million in cash, plus the assumption of certain liabilities.

 

This marks Dollar Tree’s first expansion of retail operations outside of the United States.

 

 

Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Dollar Giant stores offer a wide assortment of general merchandise, contemporary seasonal goods and everyday consumables, all priced at Canadian $1.25 or less.  The stores average 9,000 gross sq. ft. and operate in British Columbia, Ontario, Alberta and Saskatchewan.

 

 

"We now have an outstanding platform for significant expansion in Canada, with an experienced team of management and associates,” stated Bob Sasser, Dollar Tree president and CEO.

 

 

Dollar Tree operates 4,009 discount variety stores across 48 states. The company is one of the few operations in the dollar channel that literally sells everything for $1 or less.

 

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Deloitte consumer spending index drops in October

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK — Soft housing prices drove down the Deloitte consumer spending index for the month of October, Deloitte said Wednesday.

The index, which is comprised of four components — tax burden, initial unemployment claims, real wages and real home prices — fell to 4.63%, from an upwardly revised gain of 4.84% a month ago.

But Deloitte said that the drop is no reason to give up hope on the holiday season.

"Despite the index’s recent weakness, there are signs that consumers are starting to shake off their long-term austerity in time for the holiday season," said Alison Paul, vice chairman and retail sector leader at Deloitte. "Recognizing there is still fierce competition for consumers’ wallets this season, retailers should be ready to capture the consumer’s interest with renewed focus on their exclusive items, personalized service and targeted promotions."

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