Our first Media PLC met on December 2nd from 2:00 - 4:00 at Reeds Elementary, hosted by Tracy Varner. At this very busy time of year, we were thrilled to have Amy Daugherty from Wallburg, Tina Heitman from Davis Townsend, Shanna Leonard from Tyro Elementary, and Kate Lewis from Denton Elementary. We enjoyed being together and sharing some great ideas!
With limited budget funding from the state and county levels, we have all discovered that we have to be quite creative when it comes to buying books and other resources for our libraries. Some fundraising ideas we discussed were, of course, Scholastic Book Fair, along with magazine sales, and a “Read-a-thon” during “Read Across America Week”.
Some ideas that work well for the book fair include having one or two preview days for students to build excitement. Including a parent night or special event always attracts parents, grandparents or other family members, as well. If a time can be worked out for teachers to come and preview books one afternoon, this is also a great way to get teachers excited, which will carry over to the classroom.
A couple of folks at the PLC meeting said that one or more magazine sales were also an easy way to raise money. Tina Heitman provided contact information for the company she uses at her school: Great American Opportunities (Contact Person: Brian Kerns cell number: 336-2076440 www.gafundraising.com
Amy Daughtery does a “Read-a-thon” during “Read Across America Week” and is able to collect some quick and easy cash for the library. She provided a link for the letter she sends home to parents that explains the program in detail: https://drive.google.com/a/davidson.k12.nc.us/file/d/0BzbvQtRGuhf-Z3liMVo3UXhpYzg/view?usp=sharing
We also discussed Maker Spaces ideas, which include LEGO stations (WeDo and storystarter kits). Some schools already have these kits, but they’re quite pricey. Suggestions for purchasing include PTO or writing a grant. Another idea is to have craft stations. Amy provided a website for a great science idea (how to engineer a book holder using paper/pom pom launcher): http://childhood101.com/2014/08/create-an-engineering-mystery-bag-challenge-for-kids/
To introduce circuits to 4th graders, “Little Bit” stations could be used, and for 3rd and 5th grader forces and motion units, engineering stations could be used.
Amy shared a great article on “Maker Spaces”: http://www.edutopia.org/blog/schoollibrariesmakerspacescoexistjoshweisgrau
This is the budget she also shared for “Maker Spaces” materials: https://drive.google.com/a/davidson.k12.nc.us/folderview?id=0BzbvQtRGuhf-RnI1OG0tNWNzSHc&usp=sharing_eid&ts=56672b8d
Another document Amy shared with us on “Maker Spaces” at Wallburg: https://drive.google.com/a/davidson.k12.nc.us/folderview?id=0BzbvQtRGuhf-RnI1OG0tNWNzSHc&usp=sharing_eid&ts=56672b8d
Wallburg Maker Spaces:
To incorporate more technology in our classrooms, Tina Heitman shared an idea they use at D.T. They call it the “Titans Rock Technology Challenge”. Teachers are encouraged to use two technology tools per quarter. For example, Kahoot and QR codes are being introduced this quarter. Libby Ferrell came and did a short staff development on these two technology tools.
There are some opportunities for great author visits at really good prices. Kathy McGougan, (author of the “Buddy” books) visited Reeds Elementary last year and only charged $75.00. She lives in Pinehurst, NC and only asks enough to cover her gas. She brings her dog, Buddy with her and the kids absolutely loved her presentation! She would be geared more toward K-2 students. Her email is:
firstname.lastname@example.org via eigbox.net
K - 2 Marty Hartman, author of Wally the Wheelchair lives in Salisbury and visits schools for free. Find out more about him and his book at this site: http://www.wallythewheelchair.com/
3-5 Libby Bagby (state dog: Plott Hound author) $375 fee
K-5 (She is great with all ages); Stacy McAnulty, NC author of Dear Santasaurus. She has 5 new books coming out in 2016! The fee on her website is $400, but she had a half price special going on last Christmas when Tina Heitman invited her for 3-5. This year, Tina invited her for K-3 and she still gave her the half price rate! www.stacymcanulty.com
Our next PLC is Wednesday, February 17 from 2-4pm at Wallburg Elementary. Thank you Amy for hosting us! Hope to see everyone there!
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