WASHINGTON — Target announced that it will provide new libraries for 42 schools in the United States as part of the 2011 Target School Library Makeover program.
The new libraries will include new furniture, carpet, shelves and 2,000 books. In addition, Target is providing every student and his or her siblings will receive seven new books to add to their own at-home collections.
Target said it will also incorporate a Target Meals for MindsSM school-based food pantry site as part of each school’s renovation process. The food pantries will allow all students and families at each of the 42 schools to choose from a variety of food staples and fresh produce to take home.
“Education is at the heart of our giving and we are compelled to do more to address the crisis in America and ensure our students are reaching critical milestones on the path to graduation, including the ability to read proficiently by the end of third grade,” said Laysha Ward, president community relations for Target and Target Foundation. “For this reason, we are kicking off our 2011 Target School Library Makeover season by providing a platform where principals can learn from one another and discuss ways to improve reading proficiency rates in our country. By creating a community among educators, in addition to giving our students the tools and resources they need to succeed, we are hoping to extend the impact of our program and help create a positive change for our future leaders.”