Sears and Target donate gift certificates totaling more than $27,500 to
graduating foster children to honor their achievement
IL (July 21, 2004) - Three leading retailers have donated over $27,500
in gift cards to Illinois foster children who have recently graduated
from junior high, high school, trade school, culinary school and other
vocational or educational institutions. The three retailers include Foot
Locker Foundation - part of the world's largest athletic footwear and
apparel retailer, Sears, Roebuck and Company - a leading retailer of apparel,
home and automotive products and Target - the first retail store to offer
well-known national brands at discounted prices.
fifty graduating youth in care of the Department of Children and Family
Services (DCFS) will each receive two $25 gift cards - one from Foot Locker
and one from Sears - during regional ceremonies this July and August.
Ceremonies will be held July 16th for the Northern Region, July 20th for
the Cook Central Region, July 23rd for the Cook South Region, July 30th
for the Cook North Region, August 3rd for Southern Region and August 6th
for the Central Region.
Each graduate will also receive a Certificate of Achievement from DCFS.
Target also donated gift cards in honor of the graduating students.
each student for achieving their educational goals," said DCFS Director
Bryan Samuels. "Though their benchmarks are different, each student's
achievement should be recognized, especially when considering the added
challenges in life they face."
Some of the students honored at the ceremonies are also recipients of
competitive four-year college scholarships from DCFS. The Department awards
48 new scholarships each year to current and former DCFS youth who have
been adopted or moved into subsidized guardianship homes.
Applicants seeking a DCFS scholarship must be 16 or older and possess
a diploma from an accredited high school or GED program by the end of
the school year. DCFS scholarship recipients are chosen based on scholastic
aptitude, academic rank, citizenship, personal character and community
"These gift cards will enable youth to treat themselves for a job
well done," said Director Samuels. "The cards also show that
others are proud of their accomplishments. That's important, because knowing
that people care encourages youth to continue setting and achieving educational
Illinois Department of Children and Family Services