Target Plans to Make Over 25 School Libraries in 2013

  Target Plans to Make Over 25 School Libraries in 2013

 Retailer and The Heart of America Foundation aim to ignite students’ love of
      reading with new libraries, book donations and technology upgrades

Business Wire

MINNEAPOLIS -- April 24, 2013

Today, Target ^ Corp. (NYSE:TGT) announced plans to renovate 25 school
libraries across the country through the 2013 Target School Library Makeover
program. As part of the renovation process, each in-need school will receive
2,000 new books and a technology upgrade complete with iPads, interactive
white boards and more. At the unveiling of each library, every student and
his/her siblings will also receive seven new books to take home.

“The Target School Library Makeover program is part of our commitment to give
$1 billion for education by the end of 2015,” said Laysha Ward, president,
community relations, Target. “By reimagining school libraries and transforming
outdated spaces into state-of-the-art learning centers, Target hopes to ignite
a love of learning and put more children on the path to high school
graduation.”

To transform the 25 school libraries, Target will partner with The Heart of
America Foundation  and enlist the pro bono work of the Target design and
construction teams. Additionally, Target will rely on more than 3,000 team
member volunteers across the country to help breathe new life into the
libraries.

In addition to a remodeled library, each school will have the option to
receive a Target Meals for Minds food pantry. In partnership with Feeding
America affiliates, Target Meals for Minds food pantries will provide students
and their families with more than 22 pounds of fresh produce and staple foods
each month.

Through initiatives like the Target School Library Makeover program, Target is
helping more children reach academic milestones such as reading proficiently
by the end of third grade. By the end of 2013, Target expects to have
completed 175 school library makeovers and impacted more than 93,000 students
through the program.

About Target

Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) serves guests at 1,808 stores
– 1,784 in the United States and 24 in Canada – and at Target.com. Since 1946,
Target has given 5 percent of its profit through community grants and
programs; today, that giving equals more than $4 million a week. For more
information about Target’s commitment to corporate responsibility, visit
Target.com/corporateresponsibility.

About The Heart of America Foundation^®

The Heart of America Foundation (http://www.heartofamerica.org), is a national
nonprofit headquartered in Washington, DC that uniquely promotes volunteer
service and literacy. The organization aims to inspire acts of service and a
love of reading by building community and providing children in need with the
tools to read, succeed and make a difference. Committed to education and
volunteerism, The Heart of America Foundation engages volunteers by putting
books into the hands of children who need them the most. Since 1997, The Heart
of America Foundation has provided children living in poverty with over 3.28
million library and take-home books, and has engaged volunteers in more than
1,075,000 hours of service to the community.

Contact:

Target Public Relations
Sarah Van Nevel, 612-761-6075
or
Target Media Hotline, 612-696-3400
 
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