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Target awards $500 for books at Tyler Elementary School

Published: Saturday, March 15, 2014 12:01 a.m. CST
(Danielle Guerra - dguerra@shawmedia)
Fifth-grader Ashley Petricig (right), 11, and Joshua King, 11, both read at their desks Thursday at Tyler Elementary School in DeKalb. The school recently received a $500 Books for Schools grant from Target.

DeKALB — Tyler Elementary School soon will have about 160 new books, thanks to a $500 Books for Schools grant from Target.

Reading specialist Stacie Keegan said the focus is to purchase books for kindergarten and first-graders, including some that tie into character trait lessons. The character trait being studied in March is honesty.

“We’re building up classroom libraries with author studies, nonfiction to build vocabulary and books about character traits,” Keegan said.

Keegan said the school has developed a partnership with Target, adding that Tyler’s Principal Andria Mitchell does a great job of reaching out to the community.

“Target put together backpacks for students earlier this year,” Keegan said. “And they’ve volunteered for a number of projects.”

Brian Wedoff, a group leader at the DeKalb Target Distribution Center, did the legwork for the grant, Keegan said. Although Tyler is the only school in the area that received the money, Wedoff said he didn’t want any other schools to feel slighted.

“Target ensures that we reach out to a school in need,” he said. “We’ve been working with Tyler for some time.”

Keegan explained that Tyler is a Title I school, which means that at least 40 percent of students are from low-income families.

Wedoff said the grant is part of Target’s plan to reach $1 billion in giving to education and reading by the end of 2015. He said Target has donated more than $387 million to schools since 1997.

Wedoff said Target employees are planning to visit Tyler next week for the Read Across American Program. They will donate and read Dr. Seuss books to classes at the school.

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