Menomonee Falls-based Kohl’s Department Stores announced Wednesday the launch of the Kohl’s Cares Field Trip Grant Program, which will provide $750,000 in funding to eligible schools throughout the metro-Milwaukee area to help cover the cost of field trips during the 2013-2014 school year.
The donation comes from Kohl’s philanthropic program, Kohl’s Cares, which sells special merchandise, including plush toys and books, and donates 100 percent of the net profit to benefit children’s health and education initiatives nationwide.
“Kohl’s has long been committed to supporting children’s educational initiatives in communities nationwide. Here in our hometown of Milwaukee, Kohl’s is proud to help children continue to learn and grow by increasing access to valuable experiential learning through the Kohl’s Cares Field Trip Grant Program,” said Kevin Mansell, Kohl’s chairman, president and chief executive officer. “Kohl’s has amazing partners and educational programs throughout Milwaukee, and we are excited to showcase those terrific partners by offering them as field trip destinations for our local schools. We are thrilled to be able to help our Milwaukee-area children experience some of the best-in-class educational resources our community has to offer.”
The Kohl’s Cares Field Trip Grant Program will allow local schools to take advantage of engaging, educational opportunities outside the classroom without the extra cost. The grants will cover the additional expenses schools incur when arranging student field trips, including admission fees (including incremental workshops), transportation, substitute teacher fees and materials required for the experience.
“Kohl’s is an amazing partner and has provided phenomenal resources to allow us to empower students to connect what they learn in the classroom and apply it to the real world,” said Tim Greinert, president of Junior Achievement of Wisconsin. “We are thankful to Kohl’s for creating the Kohl’s Cares Field Trip Grant Program as it will allow more students the opportunity to step outside the classroom and put critical life lessons in financial literacy and work readiness into practice at the JA Kohl’s Education Center.”