I would like to acknowledge Memorial Medical Center for its continued support of After School and Tobacco Use Prevention Education (TUPE) programs in Stanislaus County. After-school programs receive much-needed resources, curricula and equipment thanks to MMC. It provides healthy snacks, health-related information and physical activity gear so students can participate in safe and fun games. Schools that receive TUPE funding (currently 45) also benefit from MMCs generosity, as each year it provides a nationally known guest speaker who delivers tobacco prevention presentations to our students as well as to the community.
MMC also provides funding for incentives, which encourages student participation in the Protecting Health and Slamming Tobacco (PHAST/PHASTjv) clubs. Besides a monetary partnership, MMC offers volunteer opportunities for our PHAST coalition. The Cancer Awareness Run and Ride and Women Wear Red Luncheon are two examples of the extended partnership. Both events give our students the opportunity to give back to the community while completing volunteer service hours as part of their graduation requirements.
I value Memorial Medical Centers partnership and continued support in giving back to the community and especially the students in Stanislaus County.
Prevention Programs Director,
Stanislaus County Office of Education