LEARN of Lycoming County receives grant from Target for PA One Book, One Child program

LEARN of Lycoming County has announced that its program was awarded a grant from Target Corp. In recognition of LEARN’s commitment to early childhood literacy, the grant will help to buy books for the PA One Book, One Child Program in spring 2015. LEARN will distribute free books to kindergarteners and to partnering agencies whose clients are children in Lycoming County.

“We are very excited that Target recognizes our efforts to enhance early literacy for the children in our community,” said Beth McClain, LEARN coordinator.

According to the Office of Childhood Development and Early Learning’s most recent Reach and Risk Report, there are approximately 6,600 children under the age of five living in Lycoming County.

“This boost for our program will help us purchase even more books for the kids in Lycoming County,” McClain said.

The grant is part of Target’s ongoing efforts to build strong, safe and healthy communities across the country.

These efforts include Target’s long history of giving five percent of its profit to communities, which today equals more than $4 million every week. As part of this commitment, Target is on track to give $1 billion for education by the end of 2015.

“At Target, we are committed to serving local communities where we do business,” said Laysha Ward, president and community relations for Target. “That’s why we are proud to partner with LEARN of Lycoming County as we work to strengthen communities and enrich the lives of our guests and team members.”

LEARN of Lycoming College is a program of Lycoming College and is situated within the Education Department.

For more information about LEARN and how to donate to LEARN programming, visit www.lycoming.edu/education/learn.aspx or email McClain at mcclainb@lycoming.edu.