Through programs like Target School Library Makeovers, Target is on track to give one billion dollars for education by the end of 2015 —just one example of how Target is inspiring a love of reading and putting more kids on the path to graduation.
As a high schooler, walking across the auditorium stage to accept your diploma is an important moment in the transition from adolescence to adulthood. But according to the latest U.S. Department of Education data, one in four American students did not get that chance in 2011.
The path to graduation starts early. According to a study recently published by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, children who cannot read proficiently by the end of third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school.
In 2012, Target will transform 32 new school libraries in partnerships with The Heart of America Foundation. Each remodeled library will boast new books, furniture, carpet, shelving and technology upgrades, including computers and iPads.
As we look forward to a new year of library makeovers, take a look back at the impact of the program since it began in 2007.
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