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By reimagining school libraries and transforming outdated spaces into state-of-the-art learning center, Target fosters a love of reading in students.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.”
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.