The Grove Early Childhood Center today announced a partnership with Target® in recognition of its efforts in promoting early childhood literacy and parental involvement. Funding from this grant will be used to open the school library after hours one time per month to promote family reading activities. Guest speakers will involve students and their families in a variety of reading activities including Storytime, Small Group Reading Time, and Hands On Literacy Experiences. Speakers will help parents develop activities to use at home with their children. Parents will also receive helpful hints and newsletters to assist them with incorporating reading into their home routines. “Nothing is more exciting for a parent than to watch a small child learn to recognize letters, integrate sounds and finally READ words! This grant will give families the opportunity to set aside a small amount of time each month to focus on reading with their children in the school’s library setting. This grant will also provide parents with a support system of information about the importance of reading and ways to incorporate reading into daily routines. We hope to teach our community’s children to “Learn to Read” so that in later years they will “Read to Learn” quoted Early Childhood Center Principal Julie Bloss.

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 percent

of its income to organizations that support education, the arts, social services and volunteerism. Today that translates to more than $3 million every week.

“At Target, our local grants are making a difference in the communities we serve,” said Laysha Ward, vice president, community relations, Target. “We’re proud to partner with Grove Public Schools as part of our ongoing commitment to give back to the communities where our guests and team members live and work.”

Additionally, Target 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 at an early age;

• 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® in

Memphis;

• Target Volunteers, a program where Target team members and retirees annually

donate more than 350,000 hours of time to more than 7,500 community-

based projects