Communities In Schools of Lakewood has partnered with Target in recognition of its efforts to help underserved preschool students prepare for Kindergarten through “Growing Up Is Fun” resource bags and family nights.
The $1,000 grant will help Readiness to Learn (RTL) Coordinator, Diane Formoso, purchase items for resource bags and distribute them to parents who cannot afford to send their children to preschool programs. According to Gary Wilson, Asst. Superintendent for Clover Park School District, “Only half of the 1,200 low-income preschool-aged children in the district are able to participate in preschool programs due to inadequate federal and state funding for HeadStart and ECEAP (Early Childhood Education Assistance Program) programs. This leaves approximately 600 kids at least one year behind their classmates and inadequately prepared to begin kindergarten.”
This grant is part of ongoing efforts by Target to strengthen families and communities throughout the country. Since opening its doors, Target has given 5% of its income to organizations that support education, the arts and safe families and communities. Today that translates to $3 million every week.
“At Target, we are making a real difference every day through our grant-making program,” said Laysha Ward, vice president, community relations, Target. “We’re proud to partner with Communities in Schools of Lakewood as part of our ongoing commitment to give back to the communities where our guests and team members live and work.”
Additionally, Target also gives through signature programs that are designed to inspire learning in children and families. Programs include:
- Take Charge of Education, a school fundraising program
- Target Field Trip Grants, a program that helps educators bring learning to life for students through the distribution of grants
- Ready.Sit.Read!, a program dedicated to fostering a lifelong love of reading in children
- Target House, which serves as a home away from home for families of children receiving life-saving treatment at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital¬Æ in Memphis
- Target Volunteers, a program where Target team members and retirees annually donate more than 315,000 hours of time to more than 7,000 community-based projects
Communities In Schools of Lakewood (CISL) is a local non-profit dedicated to helping kids to succeed in school so that they graduate from high school ready for college and career ready. CISL supports nine after-school programs, 32 mentors who meet weekly with students on the school campus, and a Readiness to Learn program run by Diane Formoso.