Target gives back to schools

MINNEAPOLIS — Target will donate $5 million to local schools nationwide as part of the company's commitment to give $1 billion for education by the end of 2015.

Target has teamed up with "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" and its viewers to select 50 schools in need to receive a $100,000 grant. Viewers are encouraged to submit the name of a school that needs help, along with a compelling story that explains why the school should receive a grant, to "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" at Target then will select from these submissions the 50 schools to receive a grant that can be used to support an improved learning environment for kids. Schools will be selected based on a number of factors, the company said, and two of the selected schools will be featured on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."

“Education is at the heart of Target’s giving which is why we look for innovative ways to give to schools in need while engaging our guests at the same time,” Target president of community relations Laysha Ward said. “We are proud to team up with 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' and its viewers to help us select 50 schools to each receive a $100,000 grant that can be used to purchase the resources that students and teachers need to excel in the classroom.”

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