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Board of Education Meeting
Golding Middle School Library at 7:00 p.m.
Sept. 13, 2011
Ryder Elementary receives $2,000 Target grant
Ryder Elementary has been awarded a $2,000 Early Childhood Reading Grant from Target.
The grant, written by C-RCS Public Information Specialist Nanette Morges and Radez Librarian Laura Gagnon, will provide money to be used toward the Parents as Reading Program (PARP), which encourages family members to read to their child from a book of their choice. The purpose is to cement the bond between home and school and instill a love of reading in a child.
“I was extremely excited to have received the Target grant that supports our PARP program,” said Ryder Principal Beth Bissell. “PARP has been growing over the past few years at Ryder, and this generous grant will allow us to continue to improve and grow the program.”
The money will be used to purchase books for the school library that support the PARP program, fund an assembly, and provide incentives for participants, such as bookmarks.
“The assembly will be a great add on to PARP,” Bissell said. “We are very much looking forward to creating our program this year.”
Currently, C.R.E.S.T. generously supports the program at Ryder and Radez through efforts such as bringing in authors and gifting books to students.
The grant from Target will not only benefit students who participate in PARP this spring, but in future years as well.
“We greatly appreciate Target’s generosity,” said Superintendent Lynn Macan. “By expanding our library selection, we will be able to provide students with more options to find that one book that will start them on their journey to becoming life-long readers.”
Target stores provide several different grants to K-12 schools and other non-profit organizations that bring art and cultural experiences to schools, support educational field trips and provide early childhood reading programs.
“Reading is essential to a child’s learning process. That’s why Target awards grants to schools, libraries and nonprofit organizations to support programs such as after-school reading events and weekend book clubs,” Target states on its website. “Together, we’re fostering a love of reading and encouraging children to read with their families.”
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