MONARCH — No two institutions go together better than schools and libraries when it comes to inspiring and nurturing young minds and that’s why it’s especially wonderful when schools get students more involved with their libraries.
For generations, schools have not only provided students with instruction in the classroom, but have also provided them with additional opportunities to grow intellectually through the books they can read, both in the school library and, by checking them out, at home. Today’s school libraries are usually called media centers because, in addition to the printed word in books, magazines, and newspapers — the traditional mainstays of all libraries — they also offer them online resources for learning.
Overseeing all these resources are the school librarians or, as they’re more often called nowadays, media specialists who, given the demands of the educational/informational systems of the 21st century, stay quite busy providing those services to the student body. They no doubt could use some help and at Monarch Elementary School that’s where the Library Cadets come in.
Library Cadets at MES are students who assist the school’s media specialist in running the media center. Students are appointed Library Cadets each year and this year’s no different.
In a statement released earlier this week, Monarch Elementary School announced that the following students have been recommended by their teachers and selected by Media Specialist Cathy Poole to serve as Library Cadets for the 2017-2018 school year:
• Ryan Vassey
• Drake Sealy
• Mekhi Young
• Emma Hart
• Reagan Turner
• Brayden Edenfield
• Gracie Garland
• Trinity Smith
• Joe Knox
• Reagan Wicker
• Benton Ivey
The press release states that as Library Cadets the students assist Mrs. Poole in running the school’s media center.
That’s a big responsibility, but we can no doubt be certain that these students who, recommended by their teachers to be Library Cadets, have demonstrated that they are hard working, disciplined, dedicated and eager to learn by taking on such responsibility. They will no doubt provide Mrs. Poole with some much needed assistance while also growing and maturing as responsible young ladies and gentlemen.
Helping out in the media center will not be their only responsibility as Library Cadets, however, as the press release states they will also be responsible for producing the WMES News broadcast each morning.
Keeping their fellow classmates informed each and every day by producing a morning news show is a big responsibility in its own right, but again, these new Library Cadets will no doubt prove up to the challenge, doing their jobs, producing a quality program, and validating their teachers and Mrs. Poole’s confidence in them.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-409.