January 25, 2012
DCPS Announces New $100,000 Grant from Target for Smothers Elementary
Target and “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” invited people to nominate a school, along with a compelling story that explained why the school should receive a grant.
Today, Target announced that Smothers Elementary in Ward 7 will receive a $100,000 grant from Target, as part of an effort to support schools and education in partnership with “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” Target and “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” invited people to nominate a school, along with a compelling story that explained why the school should receive a grant. Smothers was one of 50 schools from across the country that will receive grant money.
“We are ecstatic and grateful for this grant. Smothers Elementary is a great school, and with these critical dollars, the school will be able to do even more for their students,” said DC Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson.
Smothers plans to use the money to support the school’s “Tech-ing it Up to the 21st Century” campaign. The school hopes to redo the school computer lab, purchase Kindle fires, iPads and laptops for classroom instruction.
“We are thrilled that community members and staff feel that we’re doing great things in Ward 7, so much so that they felt compelled to honor our school by nominating us for this grant,” said Smothers Principal Shannon Feinblatt. “We’re in awe and we’re thrilled that the community thinks we’re doing great things at Smothers for the community and for kids. We want to keep moving forward and keep our kids up-to-date to ensure that they’re able to challenge themselves and keep up with the ever-changing world that they’re faced with every day.”
Target’s donation - $5 million to K-12 schools in 31 states across the country – is part of the corporation’s commitment to education, which includes plans to give $1 billion for education by the end of 2015.