News Release September 25, 2014
West Manor Elementary Unveils Newly Renovated Library from Target and
The Heart of America Foundation
Makeover includes 2,000 new books, 25 iPads and state-of-the-art school broadcast video system
ATLANTA – Atlanta Public Schools’ (APS) West Manor Elementary School unveiled its newly renovated school library, sponsored by Target Corp. and The Heart of America Foundation during a ribbon-cutting ceremony September 24. The renovated library features 2,000 new books, furniture, carpet, shelves, 25 iPads, a flat screen television, and a school broadcast video system complete with a mixer, laptop, teleprompter and green screen for closed-caption televised morning announcements inside the classrooms.
(From L-R) Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Meria J. Carstarphen, Atlanta City Council Chief of Staff Stephanie Johnson Hardy; State Rep. Tyrone Brooks (D-63); West Manor Elementary Media Specialist Vanessa P. Lawrence; Atlanta Board of Education Member Steven Lee (District 5); West Manor Elementary Principal Dr. Reginald Lawrence; APS Associate Superintendent Dr. Danielle Battle; and Tom Knowles, community captain for Target Douglasville, and West Manor Elementary’s “Students of the Month” cut the celebratory ribbon to open the Target School Library Makeover in partnership with The Heart of the America Foundation.
Photo Credit: Scott Clark King, APS
West Manor Elementary Principal Dr. Reginald Lawrence was joined by APS Superintendent Meria J. Carstarphen; Tom Knowles, community captain for Target Douglasville; John Flynn, vice president of READesign for The Heart of America Foundation; Atlanta Board of Education members Steven Lee (District 5), Jason Esteves (At-Large, Seat 9) and Matt Westmoreland (District 3); State Rep. Tyrone Brooks (D-63), and Stephanie Johnson-Hardy, chief of staff to Atlanta City Council President Ceasar C. Mitchell.
As part of the Target School Library Makeover sponsored by Target and the Heart of America Foundation, Target team members assist West Manor Elementary students with selecting new books during a book fair.
Photo Credit: Kimberly Willis Green, APS
Dozens of Target team members from stores across metro Atlanta, as well as volunteers from The Heart of America Foundation shelved books, arranged furniture, and decorated the library before the West Manor “September Students of the Month” and their teachers arrived. The volunteers also visited classrooms to read some of the newly donated books to students.
The Heart of America Foundation also named West Manor Elementary fifth-grade student
Jamall N. Frederick and fourth-grade Kyndal M. Cutter as recipients of The Heroes of the Heart® Award. The award is a national recognition program that identifies inspirational students in schools across the country who have made extraordinary contributions to enrich the lives of others. Both students were selected based on their ability to excel academically under stressful and adverse situations. “Jamall and Kyndal are extremely self-motivated and both display high citizenship among their peers,” said West Manor Elementary Media Specialist Vanessa P. Lawrence. “Both students display a strong work ethic, persistence, and intellectual integrity when completing their school work. They are role-models for their peers, and the West Manor family is extremely proud that they are a part of the student body.”
Following the unveiling, each student received a Target backpack with filled with school supplies and seven new books to build their personal library at home. West Manor Elementary is the 189th school across the country and the fifth APS school to be awarded a Target School Library Makeover. The other schools are Gideons, Boyd and Beecher Hills elementary schools and Woodson Primary. Target is on track to give $1 billion to education by the end of 2015.
About Atlanta Public Schools:
Atlanta Public Schools is one of the largest school districts in the state of Georgia, serving approximately 50,000 students across 106 learning sites. The district is organized into nine K-12 clusters with 87 schools, 17 charter schools and two citywide single-gender academies, where students are offered rigorous instructional programs that foster success in school and life. For more information, visit www.atlantapublicschools.us
About The Heart of America Foundation
The Heart of America Foundation®, a national nonprofit headquartered in Washington, DC, inspires acts of service and a love of learning by providing children with the tools to read, succeed and make a difference. Committed to education and volunteerism, The Heart of America Foundation® transforms school environments into vibrant centers of learning while providing high-quality resources to children who need them the most. Since 1997, The Heart of America Foundation® has provided children with more than 3.7 million library and take-home books as well as essential technology by engaging volunteers in more than 1 million hours of service to communities nationwide. For more information, visit www.heartofamerica.org.