This site was developed by school library media specialists in Athens-Clarke County Georgia. Recently, funding for our programs has been cut, resulting in the loss of our media paraprofessionals at every grade level, drastically diminishing the effectiveness of our programs.
We fear that our media programs might be in jeopardy of being entirely eliminated from our schools in the near future.
In our school library media centers, we work to enable students to be critical thinkers, readers, and researchers. We promote the love of reading through our media programs, and share the latest books. We teach, assist, and provide professional development and programming to all members of the school community. We model 21st century learning initiatives to the entire school. These goals are accomplished best through accessible, quality, full-staffed media centers and media programs.
On other sections of this site you can read letters we have written to the school board, research on why school library programs are crucial to student success, alternative suggestions for cutting the budget without cutting library programming (or other teaching positions), and other information (including details about the work of first grade paraprofessionals). Thank you for advocating for our schools!