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Kiesha finds ways to give back to her childhood community of Newark

Thanks to Kiesha and our GSK African American Alliance Employee Resource Group in Warren, our GSK family now includes students at Marion P. Thomas Charter School in Newark.

Together, Kiesha and the team ‘adopted’ a class of 5th grade girls with whom they share a passion for health and well being through various programs and activities, all sponsored by GSK.

Working in partnership with Marion P. Thomas elementary, our African American Alliance team has delivered a series of programs for students, including a trip to the movies (to see award-winning film, Hidden Figures), a health and wellness fair, and a visit to the labs in Warren to help the kids think critically about important health and innovation topics that are relevant to them and their families.

A highlight came in May, when the GSK team of employees hosted a health fair with special guest, Captain Aquafresh® (mascot of our Aquafresh toothpaste brand). Students were given health-related topics and asked to think through ways to address healthy nutrition, living with asthma, childhood obesity, and hypertension, and lead levels in water. Captain Aquafresh talked about the importance of healthy oral health habits and even stopped to share his pearly whites in a few pictures with the children!

I grew up in Newark and the community is still very dear to me – as I know it is to others throughout our Warren site.

I was thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the school and to have support of colleagues across the business because what we wanted to do was simple -- we wanted to provide these kids with exposure to positive role models, careers in STEM and a professional environment. To date, that is just what we’ve done. And after every interaction - both in person and virtual - our team has left feeling a little lighter, encouraged, and inspired to do more.

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