The ability to read has a huge impact on a child’s education and willingness to learn. It is a fundamental building block to the many facets of life that a person will endure throughout the years. If you can’t read it, you won’t understand it, right? The importance of reading literacy can make or break a child’s future.
“According to the most recent data by the U.S. Department of Education, one in four American children did not graduate from high school. As bleak as that may sound, research shows that if a student can read proficiently by the end of third grade, those odds decrease dramatically.”
I am a big stickler when it comes to my children and reading. They enjoy books and our time reading together, I try to have a short reading session with them every night. With school budget cuts, faculty lay-offs, and and program cuts happening nationwide, I am glad that big companies are stepping up and helping with today’s education challenges in America, namely, Target.
The Target School Library Makeover program is a wonderful way to increase funding and awareness of the importance of reading in schools. This program funds library makeovers across the country, thoroughly revamping them from ceiling to floor. Each library will be complete with new books, furniture, carpet and shelves, and a complete technology upgrade including new computers, smart boards and iPads. All of the schools who have previously had makeovers will receive a $15,000 reading grant to use as needed.
I appreciate Target for assuming a community responsibility and acknowledging the fact that reading literacy in schools is a huge deal. After all, the people in each community are those who shop at Target stores. It’s a must that they give back to the very people who keep them in business, would you agree? The Target School Library Makeover Program intends to reach 150 schools this year. Love it!
Here’s a short video interview with Target’s director of community relations, Reba Dominski, where she discusses the school library program and Target’s commitment to education:
Visit Target’s Here for Good site to learn more about these initiatives and how Target is dedicated to help develop our educational programs in America. You never know, the next school that receives a library makeover might be yours!
To help spread the word about this wonderful initiative, Target would like to give one lucky reader a backpack filled with school supplies and a $50 Target Gift Card! Enter to win via the Rafflecopter form below. This contest ends October 16, 2012, good luck!
Disclosure: I received the same prize pack mentioned above in connection with this post. I do think this is a wonderful initiative worth sharing, all opinions are my own. Prize fulfillment will be handled by the sponsor.