Target grant boosts high-achieving Chattanooga school

Target grant boosts high-achieving Chattanooga school

January 27th, 2012 in Opinion Free Press

It is great news for public education and some local students that Chattanooga High School Center for Creative Arts has been "Targeted" to receive a generous grant of $100,000.

Target Corp., a prominent national retailer with a presence in our community, selected 50 schools across the country for a total of $5 million in grants. Chattanooga High School Center for Creative Arts is one of the fortunate and deserving winners.

Principal Debbie Smith was understandably overjoyed to hear the news that her school, which has a reputation for academic excellence, was getting the money.

"How often do you get a phone call that says you're going to get $100,000?" she asked.

The school, in the former Chattanooga High School building, serves nearly 600 students in grades six through 12. Students are admitted through an audition process. It is worth noting that part of the school's success undoubtedly comes from the high level of involvement by parents.

Boosting art supplies and technology are among the things that the grant will be used for.

In a time of tight budgets for education and almost every other government service, we are pleased that the school has won this unexpected extra money, and we commend students, parents, teachers and staff.