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U.S. Education Secretary to Observe Veterans Day by Participating in Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony at Manor View Elementary School on Fort Meade Military Post


Contact:  
Jo Ann Webb, U.S. Department of Education, (202) 401-1576, press@ed.gov
Onsite Day of Event: Lindsay Muller, (443) 928-9297
Onsite Day of Event: Sandra Van Vloten , (713) 444-3115


Event Date 1: November 11, 2010 12:30 pm

EDITOR’S NOTE: In order to obtain security clearance required by the military post, reporters must RSVP no later than Wednesday, Nov. 10, to Sandra Van Vloten, (410) 821-8220 or sandrav@imre.com.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will observe Veterans Day by visiting Manor View Elementary School on the military post at Fort Meade (Md.) and celebrating the unveiling of the school’s newly renovated library. Secretary Duncan, along with his family, will participate in the library’s ribbon-cutting ceremony at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11. Joined by senior officials from Target and The Heart of America Foundation®, Secretary Duncan will address more than 100 students, staff, community members and volunteers who are expected to attend the event.

As part of the Target School Library Makeover program, the school’s library received a complete transformation featuring two Smart Boards—interactive, electronic whiteboards; 2,000 new books; new furniture, carpet and lighting; customized wall murals; reading corners with comfortable seating and more. In addition, on Thursday, each student will receive seven new books to take home and begin his or her own at-home library.

REMOVE THIS PARAGRAPH. DUPLICATE TO ONE BELOW. The Target School Library Makeover program is part of the company’s larger commitment to education, which includes plans to donate more than $500 million to support education by the end of 2015. Through this year’s program, Target has donated more than $7 million to complete a total of 32 extreme library makeovers. Manor View Elementary’s new library marks the final library grand opening event for 2010.

“Target and The Heart of America have done an amazing job in transforming the library at Manor View Elementary. They’ve stocked it with new books, and there are special reading corners, Smart Boards and an amazing mural,” Secretary Duncan says. “I can’t think of a better way to honor the men and women serving in America’s military than by supporting their children’s education.”

The Target School Library Makeover program is part of the company’s larger commitment to education, which includes plans to donate more than $500 million to support education by the end of 2015. Through this year’s program, Target has donated more than $7 million to complete a total of 32 extreme library makeovers. Manor View Elementary’s new library marks the final library grand opening event for 2010.

“Through our Target School Library Makeover program, we design inspiring spaces that nurture a love of reading and put more books into the hands of children across the country,” Laysha Ward, Target’s president of community relations, says. “By acting locally and transforming school libraries in need, we help give children the resources they need to read proficiently by the end of third grade—a significant milestone on a child’s path to graduation.”

The ribbon-cutting event will include a celebrity appearance from Sabrina Soto, Home and Garden TV (HGTV) designer and Target home style expert; a military band and color-guard salute; and live video conferencing with students and deployed military parents. Manor View’s library makeover is one of many efforts made possible by Target and its partners, including The Heart of America Foundation®, to support schools and veterans nationwide this Veterans Day.


Event 1
Who : U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
Laysha Ward, president of community relations, Target
Angie Halamandaris, co-founder and president, The Heart of America Foundation®
Bill Halamandaris, co-founder, the Heart of America Foundation®
Eric Greiten, chairman and CEO, the Mission Continues
Sabrina Soto, HGTV designer and Target home style expert
Manor View students and staff
Target volunteers
The Heart of America Foundation® staff and volunteers
What : Unveiling of Manor View Elementary School’s newly renovated library
When : 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11
Where : Manor View Elementary School
2900 Macarthur Rd.
Fort Meade, MD
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