Massage schools that conduct community outreach can apply for a grant from a leading massage- and spa-products manufacturer.

This is the second year of the BIOTONE Community Outreach Award program. BIOTONE will award two massage schools $2,500 each for volunteer massage therapy programs conducted during 2008 that help individuals in their communities,  and at the same time provide massage students with an educational experience. BIOTONE will announce the award recipients in February 2009.

Criteria for award consideration include impact of the program on the community, benefit to recipients and ability to meet stated goals. Award winners for 2007 included The Academy of Somatics & Massage in Oxnard, California, for providing chair massage to participants in the American Cancer Walk and the Blue Ridge School of Massage & Yoga,in  Blacksburg, Virginia, for responding to its community in need during the aftermath of the Virginia Tech shootings.

The BIOTONE Community Outreach Award is part of the company’s Edu-Partner initiative in which BIOTONE helps schools raise their visibility among prospective students, and schools can participate with the company in joint marketing activities. About 800 schools participate in the BIOTONE Edu-Partner program.

BIOTONE also funds massage-student scholarships and supports massage therapy research.

Submission for the BIOTONE Community Outreach Award runs through December 31. To be considered, a program must be completed by the end of the year. For an application form, go to <http://www.biotone.com/?s=awards> and click on Community Outreach Award.

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