Target Helps Students Gear Up For School

By: Jordan Shefte Email
By: Jordan Shefte Email

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Kids across the state are preparing for their first day of school. Which means stocking up on school supplies and new clothes.

But for some families on a budget, purchasing these essentials can be a struggle. Target is trying to help with these back to school costs.

Target gave about $950,000 nationwide to the Salvation Army to help families in need.

Here in Wichita, about fifty kids received $80 gift cards to shop the aisles Monday.

Soon to be third grader Marjirea Nelson was one of the lucky students preparing to head back in style. New supplies haven't always fit into her family's budget.

"My mom gets good money but she has a budget," Nelson said.

"It's really hard for our parents to be able to provide for all of our kids needs," said Director of Salvation Army Homeless Services Lynn Tatlock. "This truly has been a godsend for the people that we serve and who doesn't love new clothes."

The trip even helped Nelson apply lessons outside of the classroom.

"Taught them how to do a little math, and learning how to stay in a budget," said Cinthia Estrada, who's with the Salvation Army Homeless Services.

Nelson is leaving the store with a new wardrobe. And hopefully a fresh start.

"I'm going to look different, people will think I'm new," Nelson said.

Target is on track to give one-billion dollars toward education by 2015.

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