Lowell receives Target, Raising a Reader resources
Lowell Elementary celebrated the start of school with Target and Raising a Reader activities and donations for the library, students and parents. See the video.
Target employees read aloud to kindergartners in the Lowell library.
Target's remarkable relationship with Lowell Elementary has blossomed since the corporation funded a complete library makeover, worth more than $100,000, in October 2009.
This month, Target sponsored a back-to-school event that featured backpacks filled with school supplies for every student at an all school assembly.
After the assembly, kindergartners attended a read-aloud party in the library with Target volunteers.
The kindergartners will also benefit from Raising a Reader book bags and books funded by Target. Each bag contains four books. They will rotate from home to home so parents can read four new books with their kindergartners each week.
RAR, a national nonprofit organization, partners with Target to engage children and parents in a model program that improves literacy skills and reading proficiency.
Target presented Sandi Kuhn, Lowell principal, a $15,000 grant that will fund new nonfiction and informational books for the library. The materials support the achievement of the state's new Common Core Standards in English language arts.
"Our community is truly blessed to receive these generous donations from Target. Words can't express our gratitude for the company's kindness and generosity," Kuhn said.
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