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Nationwide Children’s Hospital Receives $3,000 Grant from Target

COLUMBUS, OH - 8/20/2008

Nationwide Children’s Hospital recently received a $3,000 grant from Target® that will be used to expand the music curriculum in its Primary Care Centers. Additionally, the grant will be aimed at locating music-oriented organizations for volunteers of the Reach Out and Reach program.

In 2007, the Reach Out and Read program of Nationwide Children’s introduced music as a component of the pediatric literacy program. A music educator engages children in literacy-related activities, which follows a structured thematic approach using song and instruments as the primary learning tools. The music creates a fun learning environment where parents, children and staff can all be involved.

This program allows music volunteers to introduce musical instruments, musical notes and songs to families that may not have the resources to provide music in their homes. The grant from Target will help Nationwide Children’s expand this music curriculum into other centers as well as train new music volunteers with this innovative approach.

Since 2006, Target has supported the efforts of the Reach Out and Read program of Nationwide Children’s through grant funding. This grant is part of ongoing efforts by Target to strengthen families and communities throughout the country. Since opening its doors, Target has given 5 percent of its income to organizations that support education, the arts, social services and volunteerism. Today that translates to more than $3 million every week.

Additionally, Target gives through five signature programs that are designed to inspire learning in children and families. Programs include school fundraising; grant distribution; Ready.Sit.Read!; Target House®; and a volunteer program for Target team members and retirees.

About Target
Minneapolis-based Target serves guests at more than 1,600 stores in 47 states nationwide by delivering today’s best retail trends at affordable prices. Target is committed to providing guests with great design through innovative products, in-store experiences and community partnerships. Whether visiting a Target store or shopping online at, guests enjoy a fun and convenient shopping experience with access to thousands of unique and highly differentiated items. Target (NYSE:TGT) gives more than $3 million a week to its local communities through grants and special programs. Since opening its first store in 1962, Target has partnered with nonprofit organizations, guests and team members to help meet community needs.

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