Alice Birney Elementary School Partners with Target for Sponsorship of Family Arts Night on Wednesday, May 23

Eureka— Alice Birney School today announced a partnership with Target for sponsorship of its Family Arts Night.


Eureka— Alice Birney School today announced a partnership with Target for sponsorship of its Family Arts Night. In conjunction with the school’s Spring Open House, parents, students and family members are invited to attend an evening exploring classrooms while also experiencing a variety of art activities including; Chinese brush painting, Mexican traditional bark painting, and Japanese origami. Also, a free BBQ dinner is included in the evening.

The school received an education grant in the amount of $1,000 to hold the Family Arts Night, which will be held on Wednesday, May 23, from 4:45 to 6:45 p.m.

We feel very fortunate to be a recipient of Target’s generous donation for the second year in a row,” said Alice Birney Principal Jan Schmidt. “Last year we held a Family Arts Night in conjunction with our Spring Open House and it was fabulous! The students enjoyed creating ‘masterpieces’ and eating the free BBQ dinner with their families. It was such a big hit that we decided to do it again this year.”  

Thao Le Khac, a local artist, has been teaching art to students in the school’s after school program and is organizing the art activities for the evening. Target team members will be on hand to help out with the BBQ as well as the art activities.

This sponsorship is part of the ongoing support Target provides to local communities throughout the country. Every week Target gives more than $2 million to strengthen families and communities across the nation, with a focus on education, the arts, social services and other vital community partnerships.

“At Target, we are making a real difference every day through our sponsorship program,” said Laysha Ward, vice president, community relations, Target. “We’re proud to partner with Alice Birney as part of our ongoing commitment to give back to the communities where our guests and team members live and work.”

Additionally, Target also gives back through signature programs that are designed to inspire learning in children and families. Programs include:



  • Take Charge of Education®, a school fundraising program;
  • Ready. Sit. Read!, a program dedicated to fostering a life-long love of reading in children;
  • Start Something®, a partnership between Target and the Tiger Woods Foundation, which helps kids build core values;
  • Target House, which serves as a home-away-from-home for families of children receiving life-saving treatment at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis; and
  • Target Volunteers, team members and retirees who annually donate more than 315,000 hours of time to more than 7,000 community-based projects

Alice Birney School is one of five elementary schools in Eureka City Schools.  It serves a population of approximately 315 students. For the past seven years, Alice Birney School has received the high rank of 10 out of a possible 10 on the statewide Academic Performance Index (API) when compared to similar schools, and has twice been named a California Distinguished Schools. For more information, call Principal Jan Schmidt at 441-2495.
Target gives back more than $2 million a week to its local communities through grants and special programs.  Since opening its first store in 1962, Target has partnered with nonprofit organizations, guests and team members to help meet community needs. Additionally, Target team members and retirees donate more than 315,000 hours to more than 7,000 projects each year.