DECATUR—It felt like Christmas at Kelley Lake Elementary School. Through a partnership with the school and Kelly Lake Church of God in Christ, Target donated educational supplies and other goods totaling $10,000 to the school this week.
Target delivered uniforms, school supplies, cube organizers, printers, ink cartridges, lamps and even vacuum cleaners to the Decatur school on Aug. 27.
Target representative Cal Darden said the store was pleased to pitch in and help the elementary school.
“It is an absolute honor and pleasure to provide this school with these supplies. We care,” said Darden. “Target wants to make a difference in the community and this is how you do it. It’s not enough to just build stores in the community, we have to work for the community too.”
Bishop Norman Harper, pastor of Kelly Lake Church of God in Christ, helped paved the way for the donation from Target. His church adopted the school to strengthen community relations and serve as an ally.
“Our relationship with Kelley Lake goes back 20 years or so. We’re committed to this school and to providing additional services to its students, principal and administration,” said Bishop Harper. “We understand the meaning of being a church in the community and the responsibility of giving back to the community we are in.”
Kelley Lake Elementary principal Cynthia Husband said she was excited about the truckload of supplies. She said giving her children donations like the Target supplies are some of the most enjoyable moments a principal can experience.
“This donation illustrates what can happen when a community and school can come together for the betterment of students. I am so excited about this partnership,” said Husband. “We appreciate these items so, so much. They will be critical in the achievement of our students.”
In addition to the donation from Target, the school received $2,000 from anonymous donors to make the delivery possible.