CVS Caremark, The Miracle Project aim to connect with children with autism

SAN DIEGO — CVS Caremark announced today its partnership with The Miracle Project, a nonprofit 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, Calif.

Supported by a $50,000 grant from CVS Caremark through its All Kids Can program, which is committed to helping children of all abilities, 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," explained Eileen Howard Boone, SVP corporate communications and 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 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 April 26, CVS Caremark and The Miracle Project will host a training session at San Diego's Pioneer Day School and on May 10, CVS Caremark and The Miracle Project will host a training session at San Jose's Campbell Community Center.