The Ephrata High School Media Center has been awarded a PA Forward Bronze Star from the Pennsylvania Library Association. It is the second Pennsylvania school in the state to have received this award, as all other recipients are either public or academic libraries.
The Pennsylvania Library Association acknowledges libraries that are “community centers of information, technology, and learning that will fuel educational and economic opportunity for all citizens.” There are five components to PA Forward, including basic literacy, information literacy, civic and social literacy, health literacy, and financial literacy.
EHS Media Center Specialists Mrs. Jane Englert and Mrs. Samantha Hull completed a series of eight PA Forward professional development sessions to help earn this distinction. Additionally, the operations of the EHS Media Center, as it aligns with the PA Forward initiative, provides the support and resources necessary for students to succeed as individuals inside and outside the classroom.
Mrs. Englert and Mrs. Hull are proud advocates of the PA Forward initiative. They recently hosted the spring South Central Pennsylvania School Librarians Association meeting in the EHS Media Center to discuss their experiences with offering students more choice and personalized learning opportunities.
“In the coming years, we hope to increase awareness in one or more of the specific literacies and have goals set to hopefully earn silver and gold awards in the future,” commented Mrs. Hull.
PA Forward is made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services as administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education through the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf, Governor.