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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Maureen Dowdle, Director of Institutional Advancement,
Housatonic Community College
203-332-5078

Housatonic Community College Receives Grant from Target

Gift Supports Housatonic Museum of Art Peer Docent Program

Barbara Johnson, president of the Housatonic Community College Foundation, Inc. has announced that Target has awarded $2,500 to the Housatonic Community College Foundation, Inc. The gift will be used for training for the Housatonic Museum of Art Peer Docent Program.

The HCC Museum Peer Docent Program brings middle, high school, and elementary school students to HCC to tour the College’s art collection. The tours are led by peer docents who have received training funded by Target, The Connecticut Commission on the Arts, and the Werth Family Foundation. The Peer Docent program is an ongoing program entering its eight year.

Robbin Zella, Housatonic Museum director, said, “In the fall of 2007, over 400 students from area schools have toured our campus and viewed the highlights of the art collection. This is a wonderful enrichment activity for both the docents and the students. All of us at Housatonic are delighted to share our collection and welcome the opportunity to introduce fine art to the middle-schoolers in our area.”

Target’s sponsorship of this effort is part of the ongoing support Target provides to local communities throughout the country. Since opening its doors, Target has given 5 percent of its income to organizations that support education, the arts, and safe families and communities.

“At Target, we are making a real difference every day through our grant-making program,” said Laysha Ward, vice president, community relations, Target. “We’re proud to partner with Housatonic Community College as part of our ongoing commitment to give back to the communities where our guests and team members live and work.”

About the Housatonic Community College Foundation

The Housatonic Community College Foundation was formed in 1990 to assist the College and its students beyond the fundamentals provided by the state. The Foundation provides resources for scholarships, equipment, program enhancements, community outreach and support for the Housatonic Museum of Art. The Foundation is conducting a major gifts campaign, seeking to raise $1 million, which will assist the College to continue to provide convenient and affordable post-secondary training and life-long learning to those in the Bridgeport area.