Horry County schools awarded grant money from Tanger shopping centers

Forestbrook Middle School named as a recipient of Tanger grant program funds.
Forestbrook Middle School named as a recipient of Tanger grant program funds. Courtesy photo

Managers with Tanger Outlet Centers recently announced five schools in Horry County will receive grant money as part of the shopping center’s TangerKIDS Grant program, which is designed to support the future of children by giving to local schools where outlets are located.

Workers at Tanger Outlet stores, on U.S. 501 and U.S. 17, said this year’s recipients include: Ocean Drive Elementary School, S.C. Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics, Palmetto Bays Elementary School, Forestbrook Middle School, and Lakewood Elementary School.

Grants awarded this month will benefit the schools during the 2015-2016 year, and funds donated will be used to assist the selected schools with special projects, needed programs and equipment, according to a press release from outlet store managers.

“A big part of our mission at Tanger is to contribute positively to the communities in which we operate,” Steven B. Tanger, president and chief executive officer, said in the release. “We are proud to once again give back to these remarkable schools in Horry County and look forward to continuing our efforts to support students and educators across the country.”

The TangerKIDS Grant program also supports school groups of all grade levels from kindergarten through high school.

Tanger officials have earmarked one dollar out of every coupon book sold for the TangerKIDS Grant program, and funding ranges from $3,000 to $7,500 per center and can be split between multiple grant requests.

Company workers aid preschool through high school students by raising money that is used to buy books and supplies, computers and new technology, athletic and playground equipment, and to fund reading programs and educational field trips.

The Tanger company has been dedicating funding efforts toward assisting students in communities where their stores are located since the company’s beginning.

These grants are given to different schools at each of Tanger’s 40 centers in the United States.

Tanger Factory Outlet Centers is a publicly traded company, headquartered in Greensboro, N.C., and boasts 46 upscale shopping centers, across both the U.S. and in Canada.

For more information about Tanger Outlet Center, call 1-800-4TANGER or visit www.tangeroutlet.com.

Contact ELIZABETH TOWNSEND at 626-0217 or on Twitter @TSN_etownsend.