South Boston students celebrate school library makeover
Representatives from Target and its nonprofit partner, the Heart of America Foundation, joined Interim Superintendent John McDonough and Tynan Elementary School students, staff and teachers to cut the ribbon on a new school library.
Volunteers from Target and the Heart of America Foundation renovated the school’s library space and donated more than two thousand books, installed new flooring, new bookshelves, and freshly-painted murals throughout the hallways. One mural honors world leaders such as President Obama and Ghandi – and includes two Tynan students, fifth graders Brenna O’Brien and Keihel Maxwell. “Brenna is an outstanding student who has an incredible moral compass,” said Tynan Principal Leslie Gant. "She is a quiet leader who does the right thing all the time, and Kejhel is a happy young man who has a ready smile,” says Principal Leslie Gant. The school calls these students the two “Heroes of the Heart.”
Principal Gant says the partnership with Target and the Heart of America Foundation has helped increase parent engagement this school year. “We feel the new library is a big part of our concerted effort to welcome families,” she said. “Last year, we had very low parent turnout for our first Open House, with about 54 families in attendance. This year we had 152 families come out.”
At Thursday's event a group of students shared their excitement for the new library and each received seven books to start their own library collection at home. The school will also partner with a local Target store for future assistance and additional services.
At the ribbon cutting Superintendent McDonough congratulated the school on its new library and also thanked the Greater Boston Food Bank for establishing a new healthy-food resource for Tynan families. In a new partnership, each family will receive 22 pounds of food every month for each child. This is the third year that the Greater Boston Food Bank has donated food to BPS families.
“Target is providing our students with the educational tools necessary for academic achievement, while also preparing our young people for college and career success,” said John McDonough. “This is a wonderful library and we are grateful to Target and its partners for their work to support education in our community and in others across the country.”
This is the fifth Target/Heart of America Foundation Library Makeover in BPS. Other schools include the Mather Elementary School in Dorchester, the Marshall Elementary Schoool/UP Academy Dorchester, the Hennigan Elementary School in Jamaica Plain, and the Trotter Elementary School.
For more information, visit www.Target.com/libraries.