The library at Bailey Gatzert Elementary School will receive a new look next fall, a makeover to include new computers, furniture, shelves, carpet, updated technology and 2,000 new books. Target and the Heart of America Foundation, who are sponsoring the makeover, will also give each student seven books to take home for their own at-home library.
Runners-up in the Target School Library Makeover competition were Leschi and Northgate elementary schools. Each school will receive a $1,000 book award.
“One of our goals is that students will be reading at grade level by third grade, because that is a key milestone toward successful graduation from high school,” said Superintendent Maria L. Goodloe-Johnson, Ph.D. “We deeply appreciate the generosity of Target and Heart of America. By investing in books and a school library, these partners are reinforcing for our students the importance of reading.”
Bailey Gatzert Principal Greg Imel said he is excited about the potential of this project to inspire students. “Bailey Gatzert students and their families are thrilled to get a whole new look for their library. We look forward to years of inspiration, excitement about reading, and, ultimately, improved academic achievement because of this generous gift.”
Bailey Gatzert second-graders are helping design the new library by drawing and writing their vision of the remodeled space. Architects and construction crews will take the students’ ideas, then plan and create a design for the existing space. The library makeover will be unveiled sometime in October.
As part of its commitment to education, Target partners with the Heart of America Foundation to provide children in need with the tools to read, succeed and make a difference. In 2010, Target will transform 32 school libraries nationwide by developing rich, revitalized learning centers.