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Education for homeless kids

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A local effort to educate homeless children is underway, thanks to Roseville Home Start and a grant from Target. Roseville Home Start – an organization started in 1995 to help transition homeless families into affordable, sustainable permanent housing and self-sufficiency – announced Aug. 9 its partnership with Target in an effort to provide educational opportunities for homeless children in Placer County and beyond. The $2,000 grant will help fund a reading program that aims to strengthen the reading capabilities of elementary and junior high school aged children at Home Start’s transitional housing program. The grant is part of an ongoing effort 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, according to a press release. Roseville Home Start executive director Ann Engelbrecht said the program, which should launch within two months, would make learning fun and interactive. “Contests, games, videos and art projects relating to the books each group is reading will encourage participation,” she said. “This will make the program a comprehensive learning experience for the children.” ~ Staff report