Georges Creek Kids Benefits From Generous Target Gift
The children at Georges Creek huddled close to a boom box to hear Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech from 1963. They then wrote down inspirational phrases like, “Let freedom ring,” and “Free at last” – words later transferred to murals.
“It was creative how we were celebrating Martin Luther King,” said third grader Maliyah Britton.
“It was fun. It represents when whites and blacks come together,” said fourth grader Joleesiah Banks.
The program, a day after the Martin Luther King Jr. national holiday, was planned by Homeport staff.
“We wanted to make Martin Luther King Jr. relevant for children, to inspire them to become the next generation of leaders,” said Morgen Wade, Homeport’s Volunteer Manager. “Civil Rights is not a page in a history book.”
The program was made possible through a $5,000 grant from Target department stores. The funds also resulted in a classroom makeover including computer carrels, book cases, desk chairs, a reading nook with bean bags as well as storage lockers. The Target employees assembled the furniture and organized after school supplies.
The Target grant also sponsored transportation for Homeport community children to attend an art, music and theater program at the King Arts Complex in the King Lincoln District on MLK Jr. Day.
While at Georges Creek, the Target employees helped the children with painting murals and stenciling phrases that the children clung to from King’s historic March on Washington speech.
The donations of products and labor and interaction with the children represents an extension of Target’s commitment to engage the communities it serves daily, said Elizabeth Andrevich, Target store team leader in Grove City.
“I believe Homeport is the cornerstone for building viable communities within Central Ohio,” said Andrevich. “I love volunteering at the various Homeport locations because I can see a direct impact on the families that reside there. The MLK project was really special because you could see the correlation with Dr. King's belief in giving back and the work we were doing at Homeport.”