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As students at Tynan Elementary School in South Boston shuffled in for another day of class, they were greeted, to their surprise, by staff members from Target who were there to give their school a makeover.
Volunteers from the retail giant and the Heart of America Foundation have been diligently working to renovate the school’s library with the improvements unveiled Thursday, according to Boston Public Schools.
From new flooring to bookshelves, the space has been revamped and filled with more than 2,000 books donated by the two groups.
Murals were also painted throughout the school honoring world leaders and two of the school’s fifth-grade students, Brenna O’Brien and Keihel Maxwell.
“Brenna is an outstanding student who has an incredible moral compass,” Leslie Gant, principal of the Tynan, said in a statement. “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.”
At Thursday’s event, students also received seven books to add to their libraries at home.
“Target is providing our students with the educational tools necessary for academic achievement, while also preparing our young people for college and career success,” John McDonough, interim superintendent of BPS, said in a statement. “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.”
In addition to Target’s partnership with school, the Greater Boston Food Bank has also partnered with its families to create a new healthy-food resource. Every month each family will receive 22-pounds of food for each child.