Local students will have more pages to turn thanks to a $500 donation toward reading.
Target at The Highlands presented the Target Books for Schools Award to Bridgeport Elementary School. The award grants money for book purchases to schools meeting selected criteria.
On Monday, Target team members met with a representative from Bridgeport Elementary School. Lisa Clark, the school's title coordinator, expressed appreciation to Target and echoed students' excitement to have more reading options.
Photo by Rebecca Olsavsky
Target at The Highlands presented $500 through the Target Books for Schools Award to Bridgeport Elementary School. From left, Johnny Doyle, Target senior team leader, Alicia Pasquarello, Target store team leader, Sharon Sleeth, Target guest service team leader, Lisa Clark, Bridgeport Elementary School title coordinator and Mary Kay Roseberry with Target human resources celebrate community efforts to support education.
"Any time we get new books into the classrooms, they can't wait to open up a book and read," Clark said. "Different studies have shown that better readers are more successful in schools .... That's what we want to instill in our students."
Clark expects the school to add to its library shelves in the near future.
"We're going to get online right away (to order the books) because we're very excited about this. We're always looking for ways to improve our libraries and get more choices for our students," Clark said.
This marks the first year Target has donated to Bridgeport Elementary School. The retailer tries to support education and local schools as much as possible, according to Sharon Sleeth, guest service team leader for Target at the Highlands.
"Target's very big on community," Sleeth said. "We do a lot of work with local charities, and we like to keep everything within the Valley. It builds good relationships."
Clark said contributions such as Target's are what is needed to help schools and students succeed.
"We need the whole community," she said. "We need all of those resources."