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Target, Heart of America give Albemarle Road Elementary library extreme makeover

Friday, Oct. 8, the Albemarle Road Elementary library was teeming with people focused on making the room a place where students would want to learn. Target, in a partnership with the Heart of America Foundation, selected Albemarle Road to receive a media center makeover.

“We are thrilled to have been chosen for this wonderful project,” said Leah Davis, principal of Albemarle Road Elementary.

More than 150 Target, Heart of America and community volunteers arrived at 8 a.m. for the renovation. Renovation, literacy and school beautification teams worked together to make drastic changes.

The library received new shelves, flooring and computers. Volunteers also painted the walls and brought in new furniture and wall art.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was then followed by a celebration attended by students, parents and community members.

The most important part of the makeover was Target’s donation of 2,000 books to update the library. Children also took home seven new books for their own personal libraries.

The school was chosen after a site visit to three schools that applied for the makeover grant. Representatives from the two organizations evaluated the schools on the media center’s physical space, opportunities for cosmetic and structural improvements, and feasibility of transformation.

To learn more about Target School Library Makeovers, click here.

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