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New York Life Foundation Provides Grant to Help Raise Awareness About Childhood Bereavement

Two-Year Grant Supports Multi-Faceted Program with Scholastic to Launch in Schools Nationwide

NEW YORK, N.Y., June 15, 2010 - The New York Life Foundation announced today a two-year, $450,000 grant to Scholastic, the global children's publishing, education and media company, to support an educational program designed to increase visibility and knowledge about the topic of childhood bereavement. The program will launch in schools and online in October 2010.

"We are pleased to join with Scholastic, a leader in educational technology and children's media, to educate and provide resources to families on the topic of childhood bereavement," said Chris Park, president, New York Life Foundation. "They share our commitment to raising national awareness of this under recognized subject and will expand the reach of materials and resources to families in need."

The grant provides support for multiple activities designed to increase visibility and knowledge about childhood bereavement including: distribution of After a Loved One Dies-How Children Grieve, a free bereavement guide created by the New York Life Foundation in partnership with some of the nation's most respected authorities on childhood bereavement to school psychologists, libraries and teachers; the development of an educational resource portal for teachers, guidance counselors and school psychologists on the Scholastic web site; a live web-cast training seminar for teachers; and participation in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards program.

"Teachers, guidance counselors and families across the country will benefit greatly from this program as it truly provides them with the valuable materials they need to support their children in times of need," stated Ann Amstutz-Hayes, vice president of Scholastic InSchool. "Thanks to the great work of the New York Life Foundation, these educational support materials will be a huge resource for schools and families nationwide."

About The New York Life Foundation
Inspired by New York Life's tradition of service and humanity, the New York Life Foundation has, since its founding in 1979, provided more than $130 million in charitable contributions to national and local nonprofit organizations. Through its focus on "Nurturing the Children," the Foundation supports programs that benefit young people, particularly in the areas of mentoring, safe places to learn and grow, educational enhancement opportunities and childhood bereavement. The Foundation also encourages and facilitates the community involvement of employees, agents, and retirees of New York Life through its Volunteers for Life program. To learn more, please visit the Foundation's Web site at

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