LOS ANGELES (April 24, 2012) – The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), in partnership with Target, announced today that six schools in the LAUSD will participate in the 2012 Target School Library Makeover program. The following schools Leo Politi, Western, and Valerio elementary schools will have their libraries renovated with remodeled spaces featuring 2,000 new books, furniture, carpet and shelves and a complete technology upgrade, including new iPads. Committed to nurturing a love of reading, each student will also receive seven new books to take home.
In other news, the LAUSD is part of Target’s literacy pilot that is focused on improving reading proficiency by providing much-needed technology and personalizing learning to ensure every child is reading on grade level by the end of third grade. The LAUSD was chosen based on in-depth research from third-party experts. The Los Angeles literacy pilot will include the following schools: Leo Politi, Western, 68th Street, Loreto, 74th Street and Valerio elementary schools.
“Thank you to the teachers, staff, parents, community members and Target who made this partnership a reality,” said LAUSD Superintendent Dr. John E. Deasy. "Celebrating success and excellence is a great motivator for our students. These library renovation projects and the literacy pilot will inspire students to achieve great things in life."
School officials also plan to host celebratory events to show their appreciation to Target’s generosity despite these grueling economic times that have negatively affected schools nationwide for the past five years.
Western: April 24 at 4:30 p.m.
68th Street: April 25 at 1 p.m.
74th Street: April 25 at 2 p.m.
Leo Politi: April 26 at 7:55 a.m.
Valerio: April 27 at 7:55 a.m.
Loreto: April 27 at 10 a.m.
"Target is proud to partner with the Los Angeles Unified School District to launch three School Library Makeovers and a literacy pilot program," said Laysha Ward, president, community relations, Target. "As a long-time community partner, Target will work closely with the district to provide Los Angeles schools with tools and resources to support improved academic outcomes and help students reach their full potential. This initiative is part of Target's plans to give $1 billion for education by the end of 2015."