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NEA Member Benefits and Target to Sponsor the National Education Association’s Green Across America Grants Program

$50,000 in Grants for Educators to Promote Environmental Initiatives


GAITHERSBURG, MD - April 22, 2010 -

The National Education Association and Target are partnering in a new program that will award $50,000 in grants to educators to implement innovative activities, lessons or events that get students excited about “going green” and raise awareness of school-based environmentalism.

The first annual NEA’s Green Across America Grants program is a national competition aimed at helping educators and students design activities that raise environmental awareness and develop eco-sustainable behavior. To enter, educators have to submit an application at http://www.neamb.com/green.

“Our members are committed to helping students practice and model sustainable, earth-friendly behaviors, so I know they will be excited about these environmentally focused grants,” said NEA Executive Director John Wilson. “We appreciate Target’s support to help educators and students celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day in this way.”

The Green Across America Grants support environmental literacy by enabling students to:

  1. Actively participate in innovative, awareness-raising, content-rich, activities-based programs;
  2. Develop hands-on skills for taking positive, practical, and personal action on environmental issues; and
  3. Engage their schools and communities in increased environmental conservation activities.

Green Across America grant applications will be available beginning May 1. Information is available at http://www.neamb.com/green.

About NEA Member Benefits
The NEA is the nation’s largest professional organization, representing 3.2 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators and students preparing to become teachers. The NEA has affiliate organizations in every state and in more than 14,000 local chapters across the United States.

NEA MB is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the NEA charged with bringing additional value to Association membership by providing financial products and solutions tailored for NEA members and their families.

About Target
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) serves guests at 1,740 stores in 49 states nationwide and at Target.com. Target is committed to providing a fun and convenient shopping experience with access to unique and highly differentiated products at affordable prices. Since 1946, the corporation has given 5 percent of its income through community grants and programs like Take Charge of Education. Today, that giving equals more than $3 million a week.

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The National Education Association is the nation’s largest professional organization, representing
3.2 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators and students preparing to become teachers.

CONTACT: Celeste Busser  202-822-7259, cfbusser@nea.org or Albert Lang  202-585-0243, alang@eluminategroup.com