Garden City Elementary was buzzing with excitement Wednesday, May 28 as some very special guests arrived to help unveil the great new library makeover courtesy of Target and The Heart of America Foundation.
Earlier this month, volunteers from Target and The Heart of America Foundation began renovating the library, which includes 2,000 new books; larger spaces with new carpet, furniture, artwork and technology; and seven new books for each student to take home. The library is decked out in bright blue, red and lime green hues. Special features include a chair made with a 3-D printer and 29 iPads outfitted in red protective cases.
In addition to representatives from Osseo Area Schools, Target and The Heart of America Foundation, and State Sen. Chris Eaton, two Major League Baseball players shared in the day’s excitement.
Minnesota Twins legend Tony Oliva told students to listen to their teachers, “because everything they say is gold.”
Former Minnesota Twins player Tim Laudner told the students Oliva was a teacher, coach and mentor to him who helped him achieve his dreams. He encouraged students to look to their teachers as partners and mentors that will help them achieve their dreams too. He told the students he makes time to read every day and encouraged the students to do likewise because it will help them with their grades and their futures. His message hit particularly close to home when he revealed he grew up only four blocks away from Garden City Elementary and is also a product of Osseo Area Schools. The students were very excited to learn that he attended Brooklyn Junior High and Park Center Senior High, just like many of them will go on to attend.
Additionally, through their Meals in Mind initiative, Target also provided food to school families that wish to receive it. They will continue to offer this once a month for a year.
Garden City is one of just 25 schools nationwide selected for a library makeover this year and the only one located in Minnesota. The makeover, which was funded by Target and The Heart of America, carries a $200,000 value. Two additional District 279 schools, Zanewood Elementary and Birch Grove School for the Arts, were finalists for the makeover. Each received $500 in new books for their libraries from the Target/The Heart of America partnership.
-Published May 28, 2014