Good Shepherd Child Care Center Receives Grant from Target for Family Lending Library
GSCCC announced that its Preschool program was awarded a $2000.00 grant from Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT). In recognition of the efforts of The Good Shepherd Child Care Center in promoting early literacy, the grant will fund the creation of an on-site lending library for parents and students that will allow them convenient access to book selections and will support their continued learning at home by providing for a reading incentive program to promote family involvement.
“As a working parent I understand the time constraints that may limit some parents from accessing the local library to obtain books to support their child’s early literacy endeavors. Thus I am thrilled to be able to offer this program to parents where they can easily sign out books as they are signing out their children. We have also instituted a reading incentive program called “Oceans of Opportunities.” Inspired by the Delaware Valley Elementary School’s DV Dollars program, this is a great transition activity to prepare preschool children and their parents for their future reading requirements in elementary school.” Stated by Angela Smith, Director of GSCCC who drafted the grant application on behalf of her non-profit organization.
The grant is part of Target’s ongoing efforts to build strong, safe and healthy communities across the country. These efforts include Target’s long history of giving 5 percent of its income to communities, which today equals more than $3 million every week. As part of this commitment, Target is on track to give $1 billion for education by the end of 2015 to help kids learn, schools teach and parents and caring adults engage.
“At Target, we are committed to serving local communities where we do business,” said Laysha Ward, President, Community Relations, Target. “That’s why we are proud to partner with The Good Shepherd Child Care Center as we work to strengthen communities and enrich the lives of our guests and team members.”
In addition to the grant received by GSCCC, Target also gives through signature programs such as:
• Take Charge of Education, a school fundraising initiative that provides undesignated funds to local schools for whatever they need most, from books and school supplies to classroom technology.
• Arts Accessibility, free or reduced-price admission to arts and cultural events nationwide.
• Target School Library Makeovers, a program that leverages Target’s world-class design expertise to transform school libraries across the country with new construction, furniture, and technology, as well as 2,000 new books.
• Education Grants and Awards, including Books for Schools Awards, Target Field Trip Grants and Early Childhood Reading Grants, that provide schools, libraries, teachers and nonprofit organizations the resources they need to bring learning to life and put more kids on the path to graduation.
About The Good Shepherd Child Care Center
The Good Shepherd Child Care Center is the oldest licensed daycare center in pike County. It was founded in 1985 as a community service mission of The Good Shepherd Episcopal Church. The center serves children of all denominations ages 6wks through 12 years. The center is a Keystone STAR 3 site and is currently accepting applications for new students. For more information visit www.gsccconline.net
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) serves guests at more than 1,763 stores across the United States and at Target.com. The company plans to open its first stores in Canada in 2013. In addition, the company operates a credit card segment that offers branded proprietary credit card products. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its income through community grants and programs; today, that giving equals more than $3 million a week. For more information about Target’s commitment to corporate responsibility, visit Target.com/hereforgood.
Photo Caption: (From the Right) GSCCC director Angela Smith Presents Chase Ruzanski with the first Oceans of Opportunity reading incentive award while classmates Liam, Riley, and Payton select books to bring home and read with families.