Poplar Grove Elementary School to Receive Target Grant

POPLAR GROVE (WIFR) -- Target recently announced Poplar Grove Elementary will receive a $2,000 grant to fund the second year of the One School, One Book program implemented last year under the direction of Kristi Franseen and Becky Giesecke, the coordinators of the program at PGE. One School, One Book is a national program designed to create a shared reading experience within a single elementary school. Every family and staff member in the elementary school receives a book and everyone reads that book at home over the course of a single month. Activities at school coordinate, promote and enrich the shared reading experience.

Last year, Dr. Steven Baule, superintendent, encouraged each teacher to apply for at least one grant in order to help the district continue innovating programming during tough fiscal times. This is just one more example of a business recognizing the quality work being done by the North Boone staff.

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 Poplar Grove Elementary School as we work to strengthen communities and enrich the lives of our guests and team members.”

North Boone Community Unit School District 200 serves approximately 1750 students in pre-school through high school in the Villages of Caledonia, Capron and Poplar Grove as well as the northern tier of unincorporated Boone County, Illinois. For more information on this grant program, contact Kristi Crawford at 815-765-3113. Follow North Boone on Twitter @NBCUSD200.

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