Arts-Kids today announced a partnership with Target to support the non-profit’s after-school program in Summit County. “We are excited to receive this grant from the famous retailer who is a new funder for us. With this grant of $2000 we have a sponsor for the program at Jeremy Ranch Elementary school so we can reach more children in Summit County this fall,” said Pat Drewry Sanger, Executive Director of Arts-Kids.
The after-school youth development program is based on the belief that all children
will thrive if they have a safe place for self-expression, not always found at home, in school,
or elsewhere in the community. During Arts-Kids sessions, children with diverse backgrounds,
special challenges, and unique abilities come together in an atmosphere of trust. Arts-Kids’
trained facilitators are invested in eliminating the barriers of prejudice, fear, and stereotyping
and in fostering respect, self-esteem, and understanding through communications skills.
This grant is part of ongoing efforts by Target to strengthen families and communities
throughout the country. Since opening its doors, Target has given 5 percent of its income to
organizations that support education, the arts, social services and volunteerism. Today that
equals more than $3 million every week.
“At Target, our local grants are making a difference in the communities we serve,” said
Laysha Ward, president, community relations, Target. “We’re proud to partner with Arts-Kids as part of our ongoing commitment to give back to the communities where our guests and team
members live and work.”