Target Pledging $1-Billion to Education, but Some Question Its Impact

Target Pledges $1-Billion to Education, but Some Question Its Impact 1

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Students are greeted by a gantlet of Target volunteers after one of the company’s school-library renovations is completed.

Michelle Edwards grew up on the West Side of Chicago, playing school with her cousins and reading indoors on rainy days. She traces her love of books to that time, when family made learning fun and getting lost in a story would transport her beyond her urban neighborhood.

“Books were my refuge,” she says.

Ms. Edwards, now principal of Orr Elementary School, in Washington, strives to pass on her love of reading to her students.

She has a powerful ally on the