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 Big Day Courtesy of Target

​It was a busy day at San Diego Unified’s Kimbrough Elementary: a new library makeover was unveiled, a best-selling children’s author read to the school, and a new family nutrition program was launched that will provide more than 20 lbs. of food per month for every Kimbrough family.

It was all courtesy of the Target store chain, which provided an estimated 250 red-shirted volunteers to make the day a success. Among the Target representatives was Gregg Steinhafel , Chief Executive Officer of the Minneapolis-based company.

“They made our library fabulous,” said Kimbrough Principal Flavia Soria. “The children are so excited about going to the library now. They’re going to look forward to it. And so will our families. So many of them are without cars. This IS their library. I know our families are going to use it.”

Soria led a festive ribbon-cutting ceremony, featuring San Diego Unified School District Superintendent Bill Kowba and state senator Juan Vargas, each of whom exhorted students at the ceremony to take full advantage of the new, 2,000-book collection.

In addition to dedicating the new library, the school’s 600-plus students were visited by renowned children’s author Laura Numeroff, author of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and If You Give a Dog a Donut.

The food program will allow families to pick the food they want, every month, and will feature an emphasis on healthy foods, said Soria, who is proud of her school’s efforts to help children and families.

She pointed out that Kimbrough has improved its Academic Performance Index by 77 points in the last two years, exiting No Child Left Behind’s Program Improvement status. “I know we have smart kids here,” she said. “Now we’re going to keep them reading even more, and make them even smarter!”