Kohl's Cares For Kids In Partnership With Renown Health|
RENO, Nev. (Sept. 25, 2008) – A formal check presentation of over $36,000 will take place Tuesday, Sept. 30 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Reno High School. Kohl’s will present the money to Renown Health for the organization’s continued efforts to educate students about the importance of helmet and seat belt safety. The money donated will go directly toward the Kohl’s Save Your Skull program, an educational presentation Renown Health ICU and pediatric staff brings to local fifth and sixth grade classes as well as to freshman and sophomore high school health classes.
Renown Health has been a proud partner of Kohl’s Care for Kids since 2005. Through this partnership, Kohl’s has generously donated over $100,000 for this ongoing educational program. Kohl’s Save Your Skulls is a slide show presentation brought to schools throughout the Truckee Meadows to educate kids about the importance of taking the proper precaution before biking, skate boarding or skiing.
“It is important for kids to understand the consequences behind not wearing a helmet when they are participating in outdoor activities like biking, skate boarding and skiing and snowboarding,” said Alannah Manfredi, a social worker for Maternal and Child Services at Renown Health. “In this program we do our best to get the message across that wearing a helmet can often times save kids lives.”
The check presentation will take place in one of Reno High’s health classes to freshman and sophomore students. The Kohl’s Save your Skull program includes a presentation by pediatric ICU staff, social workers, and nurses, which incorporates a slideshow of real patients from life-threatening accidents that were treated at Renown. There are examples of those who were injured because of not wearing a helmet and also those whose lives were saved from wearing a helmet.
“Through the money Kohl’s gives us each year, we have the tools to educate these kids,” said Manfredi. “Another large focus for the program is to inform future and current teen drivers about the importance of wearing seat belts and properly securing their younger siblings with booster seats or a seat belt if they drive them around. Through these education programs we hoped to see a reduced number of preventable incidents in our emergency rooms.”
Kohl’s commitment to Renown Health is made possible through Kohl’s Cares for Kids. Net profits from the sale of special merchandise supports children’s health and education; through 2007, Kohl’s has raised more than $102 million for such initiatives nationwide. The program also includes the Kohl’s Kids Who Care® Scholarship Program for youth volunteers, fundraising gift cards for local schools and nonprofit groups, and an associate program to encourage volunteerism.
**All media personnel who plan to attend this event must be escorted by Reno High School administration. Please check in at the front desk upon arrival.