Target grant brings endless possibilities to Grove Park

Thanks to a generous $25,000 grant from Target, Grove Park Intermediate students, teachers and staff will soon find themselves with much needed classroom supplies, new technology, funding for fieldtrips, physical education equipment and more.

The one-time, undesignated grant is part of the Give with Target campaign and Target’s Back-to-School celebration.  The company awarded the grant to 100 in-need schools across the country for a total of $2.5 million dollars in grants, as well as $2.5 million in Target GiftCards to schools that received votes on Target’s Facebook page.

Grove Park students show their appreciation to Target.

Target representatives officially awarded the funding to Grove Park during a grant ceremony held at the school on Tuesday, October 16.    During the ceremony Grove Park students showed their gratitude invarious ways, including a cheer from the school’s cheerleaders, a speech delivered by program M.C.s Brandon Howz and G’Leesia Williams and an enthusiastic “Thank You” accompanied by thunderous applause from students sitting in the audience.

Before handing over the ceremonial cardboard check , Atlantic Station Target store manager Donna Stalter announced that Grove Park students and staff were officially honorary Target team members and presented school principal Caitlin Sims with a Target team member shirt and other small gifts bearing the Target logo.Stalter stated that of the three Georgia elementary school principals who were awarded the grant, Sims was the first to answer when Target called to inform the winners that they had won.  She added that Sims was so overwhelmed when she heard the good news, she cried “tears of joy.”

Sims can apply the undesignated funding to anything that enhances her students’ education.

“With these additional funds we are able to look at additional field trips, additional classroom resources, more rewards and celebrations for learning and more opportunities to expose students to college and career readiness and to take them outside of the traditional set of experiences,” Sims said.

The interactive board is one tool 3rd grade teacher Donesha Bolden uses to increase creativity and enhance teaching and learning.

She added that Grove Park has a great team of educators who are prepared to maximize the funding and think outside of the box to ensure that their students have unique experiences that will enable them to compete globally.

“We can bring in in-house field trips and more performances and guest speakers.  We’re just excited with the possibilities that this kind of donation brings to our school,” the jubilant principal stated.

In addition to the financial benefits, Sims believes that Target’s generosity allows the Grove Park community to see that the greater community—the business and non-profit communities—truly care about the success of Grove Park students.

“When everyone pours their resources together for the right work, which is the work of graduating students who are college and career ready, we all feel the embrace,” said Sims.

The Give with Target campaign and Target’s Back-to-School celebration are part of Target’s larger goal of giving $1 billion to education by the end of 2015. For more information on Target grants please visit http://www.corporate.target.com/corporate-responsibility/grants.com.

Target representatives pose with Grove Park students, principal Sims and APS north region Executive Director Tony Burkes.

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