Plymouth, NH – Today, Plymouth State University announced that its TIGER program was awarded a grant from Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT). In recognition of the efforts of TIGER in helping children, schools, and parents deal positively with bullying and other social issues and concerns facing children in schools today. The grant will provide two hundred dollar scholarships to schools in New England that have never had a TIGER performance or have not had a TIGER visit within the last two years.
“We are so thrilled to have Target’s help in bringing TIGER to schools in New England. Target’s commitment to children and community aligns perfectly with what TIGER is all about”, Pam Irish, TIGER Tour Manager.
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 5 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 to help kids learn, schools teach and parents and caring adults engage.
“At Target, we are committed to serving local communities where we do business,” said Laysha Ward, President, Community Relations, Target. “That’s why we are proud to partner with Plymouth State University’s TIGER as we work to strengthen communities and enrich the lives of our guests and team members.”
In addition to the grant received by Plymouth State University Target also gives through signature programs such as:
About Plymouth State University’s TIGER program
TIGER (Theater Integrating Guidance, Education, and Responsibility) is a powerful and exciting collaboration between the Integrated Arts and Counselor Education graduate programs at Plymouth State University. TIGER is a professional theatre company designed to help children, schools, parents, and communities deal proactively and positively with social issues and concerns facing children in schools today.
Based entirely upon the anonymous writings of New Hampshire school children, a TIGER performance incorporates live actors, puppets, theatre, movement, and music to engage school audiences from K-8. By using children’s’ own words, TIGER enables children to hear their own voices as they step back from the experiences of bullying and the intolerance of individual differences to move into more positive social interactions at school and in their community.
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) serves guests at 1,856 stores across the United States and Canada, and at Target.com. The company plans to open its first stores in Canada in 2013. In addition, the company operates a credit card segment that offers branded proprietary credit card products. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit through community grants and programs; today, that giving equals more than $4 million a week. For more information about Target’s commitment to corporate responsibility, visit Target.com/hereforgood.
Pam Irish, TIGER Tour Manager, Plymouth State University: (603) 535-2647
Target Media Hotline: (612) 696-3400
“There is no way I can adequately tell you how awesome your program is. The teachers were all buzzing about it today. One little 4th grader has already made me a TIGER poster. This was truly an inspiring experience and your cast members were just wonderful with the children. Thank you!”
– C. Puffer, Guidance Counselor, Epsom Central School.