Cologne Academy receives grant

Cologne Academy recently announced a $2,000 Early Childhood Reading Grant award from Target. The grant award will be used to purchase books for the Cologne Academy Book Buddies Program.

Cologne Academy established the Book Buddies Program upon its opening in 2008. The Book Buddies Program, a reading mentor program, teams older students with younger students within the school. It is designed to help students develop an interest in reading while building important literacy skills such as reading comprehension.

“Cologne Academy’s Book Buddies Program has already demonstrated measurable success in the students’ reading ability gains,” said Executive Director Lynn Gluck Peterson. “It is not only exemplified in literacy advancements, but also improves all other areas of learning. The addition of new books will allow us to continue and expand our program with our growing enrollment ensuring continued success.”

Minneapolis-based Target Corporation has given 5 percent of its income through community grants and programs since 1946, which includes the Early Childhood Reading Grant awarded to Cologne Academy. Today, that giving equals more than $3 million a week.

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