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Target creates outdoor library space for DMES

Posted: September 6, 2011 4:15 p.m.
Updated: September 7, 2011 5:00 a.m.
Ashley Lewis Ford/C-I

Target Distribution Center employees Jeff Brown, Greg Brown and Shalonda Townsend presented a $500 check to Doby’s Mill Elementary School Principal Ginger Catoe and Media Specialist Betsy Long. Last week, the distribution center completed its renovation of the library’s outdoor reading space. Brown said the $500 check will go towards the purchase of new books for the library.

Students at Doby’s Mill Elementary School (DMES) can now enjoy an outdoor library space and have money for new library books, thanks to the Target Distribution Center in Lugoff.

Several Target Distribution Center employees unveiled the school’s reading lab Friday, and presented DMES Principal Ginger Catoe and Media Specialist Betsy Long with a $500 check to purchase new library books. Target also donated a $100 gift card to the school for the purchase of supplies for its upcoming seventh annual Race to Read 5K run.

“Every year, for the past five years, we choose a school to do a library makeover. This year, we’re doing an outside reading lab at Doby’s Mill Elementary School,” said Jeff Brown, senior group leader at the Target Distribution Center. “We’re doing a garden outside, and we’re just basically giving them a reading space outside.”

Since the library makeover project began, Brown said, Target has also been involved in a renovation project at one other Kershaw County School District school: Blaney Elementary. Brown said that after speaking with Long this year, he knew DMES “seemed like a good fit.”

It didn’t take long for more than a dozen Target team members to head down to the school and spend two days creating the outdoor reading space, Brown said. Target also donated more than $1,000 for the purchase of the supplies for the remodel.

Friday afternoon, Catoe said she couldn’t wait to bring the students out to the outdoor reading space.

“And some of the students have already seen them working on the space, so they’re already so excited about it. They love to be outside,” Long added. “We’re very lucky and honored to have this.”

In the past, Brown said, Target has offered grant opportunities each year, including $5,000 to Kershaw County schools for its 100,000 book reading challenge, as well as $2,000 to the Kershaw County Literacy Association for “Read Aloud KC.” Partners in Education, which was started at the distribution center in 2004, has also donated more than $6 million of support to KCSD schools.

“We realize education is the cornerstone of our communities and a top priority for our guests,” said Gene Wise, general manager of the Target Distribution Center. “That’s why Target is committed to supporting K-12 education through innovative giving programs, such as this school library makeover project at Doby’s Mill Elementary School. We know we can strengthen our community by putting an emphasis on helping young children learn to read.”


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