schools

We’re bringing kids and schools more of what they need to read, learn and succeed.

supporting K-12 students

take charge of education

a class receives a TCOE check

With the help of our REDcard™ holders, Target has donated $387 million to local K-12 schools since 1997 through Take Charge of Education (TCOE). The program lets guests designate 1 percent of their REDcard purchases to a K-12 school of their choice to fund whatever the school needs most. In 2013, more than 85,000 schools received a TCOE check, totaling more than $32 million in TCOE donations for the year, keeping us on track to reach our goal to increase TCOE giving to schools nationwide.

school library makeovers

a newly updated school library

Since 2007, we’ve renovated 175 school libraries through the Target School Library Makeover program, in partnership with The Heart of America Foundation. As part of the program, each school receives 2,000 new books; larger spaces with new carpet, furniture and technology; and seven new books for each student to take home. After the renovation, a local Target store is linked with each school to provide ongoing financial and volunteer resources.

meals for minds

a Meals for Minds pantry bag

Without proper nutrition, kids can’t concentrate or perform well in school. Our Target Meals for Minds program brings food to K-12 students and families in need. Now active in 66 schools in 44 cities across the country, and powered by our partnerships with Feeding America and local food banks, the program offers students access to fresh foods and staples right at their own schools.

Target store grants

We know that great education happens beyond the classroom. Target stores provide grants to K-12 schools and other nonprofit organizations to bring art and cultural experiences to schools, support educational field trips, and help create early childhood reading programs.