Target gives $2,000 for Communities in Schools' book clubs

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Target Inc. has provided a $2,000 grant to Communities In Schools of Rowan County.
The grant will be used to continue Breakfast Book clubs at North Rowan and Hanford Dole elementary schools, according to Vicky Slusser, director of Communities In Schools of Rowan County.
At North Elementary, second-graders and their families can attend the book club, with the second semester reserved for first-graders.
“We are hoping to plan events at Hanford Dole this year as well,” Slusser said.
Parents, guardians and siblings are invited to the schools to participate in the book club, where breakfast is served and all share in the story of the month read by a “special reading buddy.”
Each family gets books and work packets to take home to encourage reading.
Since opening its doors, Minneapolis, Minn.-based Target has given 5 percent of its income to organizations that support education, the arts, social services and volunteerism. That translates to more than $3 million every week.
“At Target, our local grants are making a difference in the communities we serve,” Laysha Ward, a Target vice president, said. “We’re proud to partner with Communities In Schools as part of our ongoing commitment to give back to the communities where our guests and team members live and work.”
Communities in Schools in Rowan is a United Way agency and that provides staff at Knox Middle and the two elementary schools. The agency also gets support from the Blanche and Julian Robertson Family Foundation, the Margaret C. Woodson Foundation, the Rowan-Salisbury School System, the Department of Juvenile Justice and Communities In Schools of North Carolina.