From Staff Reports
The Thomasville Middle School Library received Oct. 7 a $5,000.00 grant from the International Paper Foundation.
The funding will go to create indoor and outdoor learning spaces and update the library’s collection of literature.
“Times change, and we must change with them or be left behind,” said LeAnn Pope Moore in her proposal to IP. “Libraries will always be book repositories, but they are so much more than that. During the past few months, it's become clear that libraries will have to adapt to the current climate of the nation as well as new protocols for student safety and peace of mind.
“My vision is to be able to create or adapt healthy, relevant learning spaces for today’s learners on the inside of the school building and outside as well.
“…Funding this project will allow for a flexible outdoor learning space either on-or-off campus and five collaborative spaces within the media center - three of them able to be reconfigured and one of them mobile,” Moore said.
The following items to be purchased with the grant money include:
• A large, portable screen for outdoor use for showing movies for enrichment and incentives;
• GoTouch projector and pen – turns any screen into a giant white board for creating/collaborating;
• Book sets to increase face-to-face effectiveness and engagement (two new sets of 30-per-grade level).