Target Tapped Kids to Make Its Back-to-School Campaign

Effort out of Deutsch and 826LA Put the Little Ones in the Driver's Seat

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Jul 19, 2016

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Kids did the heavy lifting in Target's new back-to-school campaign, a seven-spot effort in which children direct, perform and design. In one 15-second spot, young girls who were strangers bond over their matching lunchboxes and Princess Leia-inspired hair. In another, a boy uses erasers to make his illustrated monster friendlier and less scary. Both commercials include scenery drawn by children.

"This isn't just a commercial, it is essentially an all-kid created campaign," says a young participant in a nearly-three-minute behind-the-scenes clip that Target released on Monday. The ads began airing locally this week for the Minneapolis-based retailer and will debut nationally at the end of the month. Some 130 kids submitted stories for the campaign, and only seven made the cut.

Target worked with Deutsch on the campaign, and also tapped 826LA, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit that runs writing workshops for kids. The retailer will again offer its online School List Assist tool for supply lists, and plans to donate up to $5 million through to fund projects for healthier living in schools.

"Kids and families are incredibly important to Target, and just as parents recognize the potential in their kids, Target does too," said Jeff Jones, chief marketing officer at Target, in a statement.

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