Update: A notice of the award was added to the school’s website Wednesday morning.
There’s no official word yet, but sources indicate that Fayetteville’s Asbell Elementary school will soon be named as one of 50 winners of a $100,000 grant from Target Corporation and The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
School officials declined to comment today, but said a press conference and announcement are being planned for Wednesday afternoon.
Target in November announced plans to partner with the The Ellen DeGeneres Show to give a total of $5 million to K-12 schools across the country as part of the company’s goal of donating $1 billion for education by the end of 2015.
The show asked viewers to submit the name of a school that needs help, along with a compelling story that explains why the school should receive a grant. According to the release, Target would then choose the winners based on a number of factors, including consideration of the schools’ eligibility for Title I, a federal program which provides financial assistance to schools with high numbers or high percentages of children from low-income families.
The money, according to a news release, is to be used “to support an improved learning environment for kids including new books, upgraded technology and more.”