Can your kid’s school use some money to support it’s educational activities? How about gift cards from Target? Please check out this press release sent to me by the Target corporation – and note their instructions on how to visit their Facebook page and nominate your kid’s school! Also – share this with other parents and interested parties from your kid’s school and try to rack up votes.
Here’s the press release:
Target Launches $5 Million Campaign for Education
“Give With Target” to provide schools up to $10,000 each, based on Facebook votes
MINNEAPOLIS (July 26, 2012) – Target Corp. (NYSE:TGT) plans to donate $5 million to schools as part of its “Give With Target” initiative this fall. The two-part giving campaign provides $2.5 million in grants to in-need schools, as well as up to $2.5 million in Target GiftCards to local schools through votes on Target’s Facebook page.
The Give With Target campaign will include $25,000 grants to 100 in-need schools just in time for the start of the school year. Schools will be selected by Target and announced throughout August and four of the schools will also receive a surprise celebration. Disney Channel actress and Hollywood Records recording artist Bridgit Mendler (“Good Luck Charlie”) will join the “Bullseye Bus” and Target volunteers to celebrate with students and staff at each of the four schools receiving a celebration. Mendler’s popular TV character “Teddy Duncan” inspired part of Target’s exclusive D-Signed collection of apparel and accessories for tweens.
“I’m excited to partner with Target on their Give With Target campaign and celebrate the start of a new school year with kids across the country,” said Bridgit Mendler, Disney star. “It’s so important for all kids to have everything they need for a successful schoolyear. I’m looking forward to surprising four schools and helping them celebrate their $25,000 grant from Target.”
In addition, Target invites people to visit its Facebook page to vote for a school of their choice. For every 25 votes a school receives through Target’s Facebook application on Facebook.com/Target, the company will donate a $25 Target GiftCard, with a maximum donation of $10,000 per school. In total, Target plans to donate up to $2.5 million in Target GiftCards to schools that receive votes through the Give with Target Facebook application, whichruns July 26 to September 8.
“Give With Target allows us to work with our guests to get excited about supporting teachers and students and set them up for a successful school year,” said Laysha Ward, president of community relations, Target. “Together we can raise awareness about the importance of education and provide schools with the resources they need.”
Give With Target is part of Target’s commitment to education. As a result of programs like this, Target is on track to give $1 billion for education by the end of 2015.
There’s lots of research showing that kids can lose reading skills over the summer months – and in fact lose something like one full month of learning by the fall. This is a real phenomenon – starting with kids as young as first graders – and for many kids it means that they will be playing catch-up when school starts up again. So how can you prevent the slide?
In principle, it’s pretty simple – you need to keep your kid reading throughout the summer. And it doesn’t matter so much what they are reading (it can be fun stuff) as long as they are reading consistently. But the problem is that without the structure of the school year (and we all like a break from that routine), it can be easy to let reading slide.
Given this, I’m pleased to be able to share a video chat I conducted with Target’s Mommy Ambassador Soleil Moon Frye (aka the former Punky Brewster). She shares fun ideas about finding ways to keep kids reading, including things that work well with her daughters. Just click on the link below to hear her good thoughts on preventing the summer slide:
I receive periodic updates from Target on their continuing ways of supporting the development of literacy across the US. Given the critical importance of emphasizing the many ways in which literacy can be encouraged in communities, I am always pleased to be able to share their information with you all. As a parent or educator, it is a great idea to become familiar with the programs Target offers – so that you can potentially become an advocate for your child’s school to become an educational target of the good works being done by Target. Here’s some of the highlights of Target’s plans to give more than $12 million to local schools as part of the 2012 Target School Library Makeover programthat will impact 150 in-need schools via three program components:
New Libraries: Target will remodel 32 school libraries across the country in 2012. The remodeled libraries will feature 2,000 new books, furniture, carpet and shelves, and a complete technology upgrade including new iPads. Each school will also have the option to receive a Target Meals for Minds school based food pantry. Click here to view a video: http://shuttle.imre.com/a98899f1.wmv
$15,000 Reading Grants: Target will show its continued support of the program’s previous library makeover recipients by donating $15,000 reading grants to more than 100 schools for a total of $1.5 million.
Literacy Pilot Program: Target will partner with the Los Angeles Unified School District and D.C. School District to launch a literacy pilot in 12 schools. The goal of the pilot program in each school will be to improve third grade reading proficiency.
Families are invited to attend free events on Feb. 25!
If you have a young child, consider stopping by your local Target store tomorrow from 9 to 11 a.m. – they will be hosting free in-store reading events at all Target stores nationwide in celebration of the National Education Association’s (NEA’s) Read Across America program. Each event will include a reading nook inspired by Dr. Seuss’ “The Lorax,” a reusable Target bag filled with activities for children, readings by Target team members, and more – look for signs inside the store to point you in the right direction. If you need a store locator, click on www.Target.com/storelocator.
Target has supported (since 2003) the NEA’s Read Across America program, which calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on or around March 2, the birthday of beloved children’s author, Dr. Seuss. It’s worth noting that, as a result of its support of programs like this, Target is on track to give $1 billion for education by the end of 2015.
I just received the following from a representative from Target – please share with anyone who may be interested. Good luck!
The Ellen DeGeneres Show viewers and Target are teaming up to give $5 million to schools in need.
Viewers from The Ellen DeGeneres show have been invited to submit the name of a school that needs help, along with a compelling story that explains why the school should receive a $100,000 grant. E-mail submissions can be sent to ellen.warnerbros.com/schoolgiving.
Target will select 50 schools to receive a $100,000 grant that can be used to support an improved learning environment for kids including new books, upgraded technology and more. Schools will be selected based on a number of factors, including consideration of Title I eligibility.