AUBURN, Mass. – Donations from a garden center, church and Target stores have helped Julia Bancroft Elementary School improve its look and the Mary D. Stone Elementary School fill important needs.
Howe’s Farm and Garden Center donated flowers to spruce up the front entry way and playground at Julia Bancroft for the start of school.
“We are very fortunate to have the support of Howe’s and truly appreciate your generosity,” Principal Susan Lopez said in a letter of thanks.
In addition, Trinity Lutheran Church donated school supplies and backpacks to Julia Bancroft.
“With such difficult economic times for many families, your donation has alleviated the financial stress that accompanies back-to-school shopping,” Lopez wrote in a letter to the church. “It is comforting to know that all the students at Julia Bancroft now have the supplies they need to begin the school year. Your donation is very much appreciated.”
Mary D. Stone received $124.64 from Target as a part of its Take Charge of Education program.
“We gratefully accept this donation on behalf of the students of Mary D. Stone School,” Principal Beth Chase said in a letter to Superintendent Maryellen Brunelle.
Target has donated over $300 million to help K-12 schools through Take Charge of Education.
When parents, teachers and other school supporters use the REDcard, Target donates up to 1 percent of their purchases to the eligible K-12 school they designate. Each September, those funds are distributed to schools nationwide. Target tells schools to “use the money for whatever your school needs most.”