Swanavon Elementary SchoolGrande Prairie, Alberta 64 / 232 Books Given
Principal Cynthia Matthews
Swanavon Elementary School will be celebrating 60 years in the community in the upcoming school year. Unfortunately, with age has come an outdated library due to years of shrinking budgets compounded by the already small budget of a small school. The library has undergone extensive weeding in the last couple years, culling resources which were over 25 years old, resulting in noticeably empty space on our shelves. We have also experienced grade restructuring, adding Grade 5 and 6 classes back into our school.
Our Preschool to Grade 6 population is a diverse one with equally diverse language learning needs, including an Inclusive Education Preschool Program for children with mild to severe special needs, and ELL/ESL and First Nations students. Our library is the hub of our school community, a well-used and much enjoyed space, and for many of our students the only access they have to literature. We do try to raise funds to support our collection development but it has become increasingly difficult due to the size and population dynamics of our school.
Our goal is to support student literacy and learning by providing quality curriculum resources and literacy programming such as Daily Five, Guided Reading and Literature Circles. Equally important, by bringing our collection up to currency and with the acquisition of current, high-interest materials we can engage the students and foster an appreciation for literature and a love of reading.
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Almost 50 years ago, I attended Swanavon for Grades 1 to 6. Our school library was my only source of books and had a huge impact on my love of reading. Today, I am entering my 10th school year as Swanavon’s library technician and I witness first hand how important our school library is to our ...