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CVS pledges $1.1 million to playground program


WOONSOCKET, R.I. CVS/Caremark announced today that it is donating $1.1 million through its CVS All Kids Can program to Boundless Playgrounds, an organization that builds playgrounds that are accessible to children with and without disabilities.

According to CVS/Caremark, three CVS Caremark Charitable Trust grants totaling $750,000 will fund construction and program services for major new Boundless playgrounds in Boston, Dallas and Los Angeles in 2008. In addition, the Trust will provide $290,000 for projects currently under development in a dozen communities to create playgrounds where children of all abilities can play together. Also, this summer, through the CVS "School's Out! Go Play!" scholarship program, 60 communities will receive a $1,000 grant for Go Play! Materials developed by Boundless Playgrounds, enabling playgrounds to be designed with all children in mind. Today's $1.1 million pledge is in addition to CVS All Kids Can's commitment in 2006 of $950,000 for the construction of eight Boundless playgrounds in Florida.

"We are thrilled to announce the next phase of our relationship with Boundless Playgrounds and to continue our goal of helping create environments where children of all abilities can play together," said Eileen Howard Dunn, vp of corporate communications and community Relations for CVS/Caremark. "We are not only bringing signature CVS All Kids Can Boundless playgrounds to three major cities, but we are also supporting grassroots efforts by local community organizations to bring inclusive playgrounds to their neighborhoods."

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