Since 2007, The Heart of America Foundation and Target Corporation have been working together to makeover elementary school libraries across the country. This year, The Heart of America and Target will be working on 41 makeover libraries. Schools are eligible based on 3rd grade reading levels and free and reduced meal numbers.
The Waterloo Community School District was selected as a District to receive a library makeover on March 15 and the eligible schools (Cunningham, Irving, Lincoln, and Lowell) were notified after Spring Break. Each school submitted an application and the pool was narrowed to three schools (Cunningham, Lowell and Lincoln). The two schools that were not chosen will each receive a $1,000 book grant to purchase books for their libraries.
As the winning school, Lincoln Elementary will receive 2,000 brand new books, and the library space will be completely transformed into a beautiful and engaging learning space, with new furniture, paint, artwork, carpet and other exciting elements that will help create a wonderful space for the entire community to enjoy. In addition, The Heart of American helps the District with alignment of local Target support and resources.
The Heart of America’s larger mission is to build community by encouraging people, especially children, to engage in service. Each Target School Library Makeover project is achieved through the generous donation of time from community and corporate volunteers.
Once professional contractors have completed painting and other minor cosmetic changes, Target engages volunteers in a day of service to the school. Volunteers take on a variety of tasks, including assembling furniture, preparing and distributing books to children, shelving books in the library, light cleaning, and more. In addition, the project includes an open house library re-opening, all on the same day. The students will receive seven books to keep and take home the day of the library opening! We expect the open house will take place in the fall.