Target Makes Over LA's BEST Libraries
Councilmember Jose Huizar and Target Volunteers Help Make Over Libraries
October 16, 2009
LOS ANGELES: Councilmember José Huizar joined Target leadership and team member volunteers to makeover Sunrise Elementary’s library, a LA’s BEST site, and accept a $10,000 check from Target for computers at six LA’s BEST sites at the third annual Target Reads with LA’s BEST. Target granted LA’ s BEST six library makeovers, as well as literacy kits for nearly 4,000 children at 25 additional sites, promoting the joy of reading, the importance of education and that “homework is fun.” The Sunrise Elementary event is part of the company’s broader Target Volunteers School Library Makeover program.
“This partnership with LA’s BEST provides a wonderful opportunity for our team members in Los Angeles to give to their community by providing volunteer time directly to a school library in their hometown,” said Carmen Moch, regional vice president, Target. “Because education is a top priority for our guests, programs like LA’s BEST and the Target Volunteers School Library Makeovers allow our team members to provide students the tools they need to learn, thrive and succeed.”
The library makeovers, using materials ordered through Target Commercial Interiors will provide six elementary school libraries with kid-friendly reading areas including reading rugs, pillows, new shelving, seating, tables and more. In addition to the library makeover, Target is providing 25 different LA’s BEST sites with literacy materials including a Scholastic Learning Center, Learning Palatte Reading Resource Kits, and a Scholastic reading book for more than 3,000 students. Target’s support of LA’s BEST includes the library makeovers, literacy kits, computers and general operating funds.
“LA's BEST is grateful to Target for its ongoing support of LA's BEST and the students we serve,” said Carla Sanger, LA’s BEST President & CEO, “With this generous grant, we will enhance literacy programs, improve libraries to make them more inviting to children, and reinforce the notion as part of after school, reading can be fun.”
About LA’s BEST
LA's BEST - Better Educated Students for Tomorrow - is a nationally recognized after school education, enrichment and recreation program serving more than 28,000 children with the greatest needs and fewest resources throughout the City of Los Angeles. LA's BEST After School Enrichment Program provides a safe haven for children ages 5 to 12 at 180 elementary school sites each day during the critical hours after school - at no cost to parents. Established in 1988, LA’s BEST is a partnership including the City of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Unified School District and the private sector. For more information, please visit www.lasbest.org.
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT)serves guests at 1,719 stores in 49 states nationwide and at Target.com. Target is committed to providing a fun and convenient shopping experience with access to unique and highly differentiated products at affordable prices. Since 1946, the corporation has given 5 percent of its income through community grants and programs like Take Charge of Education. Today, that giving equals more than $3 million a week.