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Field Elementary unveils newly renovated library

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  • Helen Hollands/Mesa Public Schools


Target and The Heart of America Foundation donated materials, books, technology and volunteer hours to completely re-imagine the Field Elementary library.

On Wednesday, Aug. 27, a sea of red-shirted volunteers from local Target stores swept through Field Elementary School and left a newly renovated library in their wake.

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A Field Elementary student takes a photo with one of the new iPads donated by Target and The Heart of America Foundation to the school library as part of a renovation project. Photos by Tim Hacker.

The library features new furniture, carpet, books and technology

More than 140 volunteers unpacked and shelved 2,000 new books, constructed furniture, hung inspirational wall art, rolled out new carpeting and set up 35 red-cased iPads with charging stations.

By reimagining school libraries and transforming outdated spaces into state-of-the-art learning center, Target fosters a love of reading in students. This year, Field is one of 25 schools across the country selected to receive a new library as part of the Target School Library Makeover Program.

“Since 1946, Target has given five percent of our profits to our community,” said Nick Pappas, Target community captain. “A large percentage of that is directly funded to schools and reading programs for kids.”

Selection process

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Target volunteers shelve new books during the renovation of Field Elementary’s library. Photos by Tim Hacker

Field was selected for the program after a rigorous process that included a written application and site visit in spring 2014. Principal Scott Cumberledge and his team were ecstatic when they learned Field had been selected to receive the makeover. School and district staff pitched in to prepare the site, while The Heart of America team designed the space using input from the students.

Ribbon cutting and take-home books

Mayor Alex Finter, Superintendent Michael Cowan and Bullseye, the Target mascot, were on hand for the ribbon cutting. Field students and staff were thrilled by the changes and happily explored the new space. Following the festivities, every student received seven books for their home library.

“This is exciting because we are creating a reading environment in our new library and starting students on a path of becoming lifelong readers and lifelong learners,” remarked Cumberledge.