NEW PORT RICHEY — This week, Cotee River Elementary School received the 2014 Book Award from the Suncoast Super Target in Odessa, a $500 prize to be used toward purchasing more books for the school’s sparse library.
Every year, each Target store awards a local school in the community the book award based on need. The retailers also partner with other local elementary schools in activities like “Read Across America and the 110th Birthday Celebration of Dr. Seuss.”
Team members from the store read to more than 300 students while sharing the value of teamwork, reading and safety as part of their ongoing school bullying prevention efforts.
One of the books we decided to read was “The Sneetches,” as it is recognized for carrying a bullying prevention message. The story follows a group of yellow creatures called Sneetches. Some Sneetches have a green star on their bellies and discriminate against those who don’t.
In addition to working with school’s, Target gives grants to nonprofits directly from area Target stores through their local grant program; including an annual grant to a local United Way. They also make food donations to Feeding America Affiliates.
“Local businesses are the backbone of our community and we are the ones who need to be in the schools and helping to support and mentor, “ said Maria Mangicaro, the team lead of the bullying prevention project at the Suncoast Super Target.