Over 20 area kids had the chance to kick off the school year right, as they hit the aisles for back to school shopping on Wednesday.
The “Target School Spree” will help more than 12,000 kids across the country gear up with backpacks, calculators, pens, pencils and more. Local students each received an $80 gift card for back-to-school shopping at the Mishawaka store location.
And they were paired with a volunteer chaperone to help.
The Salvation Army Kroc Center selected the students based on need.
"I think it's really important for the students to be able to pick out their own supplies and it gets them excited for school and it gets them prepared,” said Judy Liszewski, a volunteer. “And everyone knows if we're prepared for school then we're ready to go.”
The event gives the Kroc Center an opportunity to act locally and help both schools and students on the path to graduation.