Students and staff at Ells Elementary School will have an additional $3,000 worth of school supplies to support teaching and learning there thanks to a generous donation by Target Stores. Representatives from Target will deliver the supplies on Friday, September 7 at 10 a.m. at the school, 319 Cortland St.
Cheryl Stanco, Executive Team Leader Human Resources, said the store is committed to funding and enhancing local schools and has dedicated five percent of its income to making positive changes in education, arts and social services since 1962. “Target supports education as the cornerstone of its community commitment, through initiatives that focus on early childhood reading, teachers and classrooms,” she said.
Ells Principal Lisa Bakowski said she is looking forward to seeing the excitement on the faces of not only the children but also the teachers when the deliveries are made on Friday. “We are going to put every bit of it to good use. That’s for sure,” said Bakowski. “We’re very grateful to Target for their support.”
Superintendent of Schools Daniel J. Warwick said the donation builds upon the commitment of Springfield Public Schools and the community to support efforts that drive the development of early literacy competency among Springfield children. This summer, the communitywide campaign to promote literacy by third grade, an initiative led by the Irene E. and George A. Davis Foundation, won Springfield recognition as an All-America City by the National Civic League.
“The value of such collaborations is immeasurable,” said Warwick. “Friday’s donation by Target is yet another example of community, schools and businesses partnering to support our children and their education. It’s just wonderful.”