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Center for Hearing, Speech and Language Receives Grant from Target for its RISE Literacy Program

Denver, Colorado,  September 9, 2013 – The Center for Hearing, Speech and Language (CHSL) announced that its RISE (Read, Imagine, Share, Explore) program was awarded a grant from Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT). In recognition of CHSL in its efforts to help underserved people with barriers to communication and learning, the grant will be used to increase CHSL’s early literacy services to low income Denver children.

RISE seeks to increase the ability of every child to do well in school and later in life. Each week’s activities radiate from a story read at the beginning of the class. Art, music and movement follow, developing children’s self-confidence as well as their speech, language, fine and gross motor skills. As research increasingly demonstrates the need for children to be “ready” for kindergarten and to have basic learning foundations in place by that time, the need for the RISE early/pre-literacy services has grown exponentially.  Research tells us that without the right stimulation and caring attention in early childhood, children fall behind and have difficulty catching up.  RISE was developed as an early/pre-literacy program by early childhood educators, speech/language pathologists and an audiologist.

“The mission of RISE is to build and support community-wide literacy by equipping at-risk preschoolers and their families with fundamental tools used in the development of English vocabulary, the ability to read and write and the capacity to think creatively so they can succeed in school and in life,” said Jill Wayne, CHSL’s Executive Director. “We are appreciative of Target’s generosity and shared vision of the value of literacy programs that make such a big impact on our community.”

The grant is part of Target’s ongoing efforts to build strong, safe and healthy communities across the country. These efforts include Target’s long history of giving 5 percent of its profit to communities, which today equals more than $4 million every week. As part of this commitment, Target is on track to give $1 billion for education by the end of 2015 to help kids learn, schools teach and parents and caring adults engage.

“At Target, we are committed to serving local communities where we do business,” said Laysha Ward, President, Community Relations, Target. “That’s why we are proud to partner with the Center for Hearing, Speech and Language as we work to strengthen communities and enrich the lives of our guests and team members.”

In addition to the grant received by CHSL, Target also gives through signature programs such as:

  • Take Charge of Education, a school fundraising initiative that provides undesignated funds to local schools for whatever they need most, from books and school supplies to classroom technology.
  • Arts Accessibility, free or reduced-price admission to arts and cultural events nationwide.
  • Target School Library Makeovers, a program that leverages Target’s world-class design expertise to transform school libraries across the country with new construction, furniture, and technology, as well as 2,000 new books.
  • Education Grants and Awards, including Books for Schools Awards, Target Field Trip Grants and Early Childhood Reading Grants, that provide schools, libraries, teachers and nonprofit organizations the resources they need to bring learning to life and put more kids on the path to graduation.

About Center for Hearing, Speech and Language

The Center for Hearing, Speech and Language is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that helps people of all ages with barriers to communication and learning regardless of  their ability to pay, by offering full audiological services; hearing and developmental screenings in schools; speech/language therapy; and literacy/learning programs.  The Center for Hearing, Speech and Language is a member of the Better Business Bureau and Pikes Peak United Way. Visit or call 303-322-1871 for more information.

About Target
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) serves guests at 1,856 stores across the United States and Canada, and at The company plans to open its first stores in Canada in 2013. In addition, the company operates a credit card segment that offers branded proprietary credit card products. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit through community grants and programs; today, that giving equals more than $4 million a week. For more information about Target’s commitment to corporate responsibility, visit