Power Lunch Reading Program receives grant from TargetThe Cloquet School District announces its Power Lunch Reading Program was awarded a $2,000 grant from Target Corporation
The Cloquet School District announces its Power Lunch Reading Program was awarded a $2,000 grant from Target Corporation. In recognition of Power Lunch’s efforts in building literacy skills and a love of reading among elementary students, the grant will support program initiatives and expenditures throughout the upcoming school year.
“The Power Lunch Reading Program is extremely grateful for the funding and support we have received from Target,” said Angela Jones, Power Lunch coordinator. “With help from Target and other supporters throughout our community, we are able to further promote the importance of literacy and show our emerging readers that reading is fun, worthwhile, and a life-long benefit.”
The grant is part of Target’s ongoing efforts to build strong, safe and healthy communities across the country. These efforts include Target’s long history of giving 5 percent of its profit to communities, which today equals more than $4 million every week. As part of this commitment, Target is on track to give $1 billion for education by the end of 2015 to help kids learn, schools teach and parents and caring adults engage.
“At Target, we are committed to serving local communities where we do business,” said Laysha Ward, president, Community Relations, Target. “That’s why we are proud to partner with Power Lunch as we work to strengthen communities and enrich the lives of our guests and team members.”
The Power Lunch Reading Program is a national literacy based mentoring program aimed at building reading skills and a love of reading among elementary students. Power Lunch was established in the Cloquet School District in the mid 1990s and matches community volunteers with teacher selected first- and second-grade readers.
Community volunteers are partnered with students at both Churchill and Washington elementary schools in the Cloquet School District and meet with them one hour per week during their lunch period. Students and volunteers share lunch together in the school’s media center, spend a brief time socializing, and then read together in a one-on-one setting.