|By PR Newswire||
|August 5, 2009 09:01 AM EDT||
MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Today, Target announced the opening of the Target Field Trip Grants program online application process for the 2009/2010 school year. The initiative is designed to promote learning outside of the classroom to educators and students across the country. This year, the Field Trip Grants program will offer 5,000 grants up to $800 to education professionals throughout the U.S., which enables one out of every 25 schools in America to send a classroom on a field trip. Since the program's inception in 2006, Target has provided 7,400 grants benefiting more than 729,000 children nationwide.
Applications for the Target Field Trip Grants program will be available online at Target.com/fieldtrips from August 5, 2009 through November 3, 2009. Grant recipients will be notified in early January 2010. The criteria for teachers' selection of grants' recipients include: description of the field trip and its objectives; the benefits to students and the tie-in to the school curriculum; the number of students who will be impacted; and the proposed use of funds. Funds may be used to cover the cost of transportation, entry fees, supplies and resource materials for the trip.
"As the American education system continues to endure the effects of the recession, enriching educational opportunities like field trips are being cut from school budgets nationwide," said Laysha Ward, president, community relations, Target. "It is our hope that the Target Field Trip Grants program will continue to help fill this gap and enable teachers to continue using the valuable experiential learning gained from field trips to enhance students' classroom studies and daily curriculum found in text books."
The Target Field Trip Grants program is open to educators, teachers, principals, paraprofessionals or classified staff employed by a K-12 public, private or charter school in the U.S., having a 501(c)(3) or 509(a)(1) tax-exempt status. Only one submission per applicant will be accepted and previous winners are welcome to apply. Field trips must take place during the 2009/2010 calendar school year.
For educators looking for field trips ideas, Target provides a field trip destination generator, found at Target.com/fieldtrips. The tool provides several destinations that were explored in the past school year by field trip grant recipients, such as the Lansburgh Theatre in Washington, DC or the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, Calif.
The Target Field Trip Grants program further demonstrates the company's commitment to educational support for America's schools. By listening to what K-12 teachers' nationwide need, Target is helping to provide them with the best possible resources for educating the children that will be shaping the country's future.
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) serves guests at 1,719 stores in 49 states nationwide and at Target.com. Target is committed to providing a fun and convenient shopping experience with access to unique and highly differentiated products at affordable prices. Since 1946, the corporation has given 5 percent of its income through community grants and programs like Take Charge of Education. Today, that giving equals more than $3 million a week.
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