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Elsberry High School

 
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Congratulations to the four EHS band members for earning a 1 rating at the District Festival this past Saturday.  They move on to the State Festival at the end of April in Columbia.

The Saxophone trio of Nathan Miller, Maggie Spratt, and Jack Weakly; Tenor Saxophone Solo, Jack Weakly; and Flute Solo, Anna St. Pierre

 

For the love of reading (National School Librarian Day April 4)

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 Why do you think someone would want to be school librarian? If you  guessed because they love to read, you are correct!  Elsberry Schools  will join the ranks of many schools across the nation celebrating National  School Librarian Day on April 4.  Karin Busiere, High School and Julie  Wilson, Elementary, librarians both say their love for reading has directed  them to be the leader of their respective libraries.

  Wilson spent 12 years in the classroom before spending the last two in  the library.  Busiere has spent the last five years as the full time librarian  after many years in the classroom and this past year as part-time  librarian splitting time with retired Middle School English teacher, Claire  Hasemeier.  In her current position, Wilson, loves to share her passion of  reading with the pre-K through sixth grade students.  When she was a  classroom teacher her favorite part was reading to the kids, now she  finds it very rewarding reading to students all day.

  Every classroom meets with Wilson, once a week, which she finds is  not enough time with the kids. During this time they may enjoy a short  story, spending time at centers which help with library skill, biographies  and research and have book check out time every week.

 

When asked about a fascinating part of her position she said, “It is neat to work with so many kids at all the different ages.  I also like the variety of literature I get to share with them.”  Dawn Bazzell is an aide at Elsberry Schools and has spent the last 20 years in the elementary library assisting with day-to-day operations.

  In the high school library there is more emphasis on getting books for projects and research as opposed to teaching library skills.

While a lot of research can be done online, there is still a growth for fiction books.  One main goal for Busiere is to advertise the fun of reading and getting the students hooked on leisure reading, still this is a big challenge.

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   Even with the technology of E-Books, one of her biggest jobs is to get the new books to  the shelf because most students still want to have a hardcopy in hand.

 The Friends of Elsberry Literacy (FOEL) is an organization that both librarians take great  pride in and are very active.
   FOEL use their resources to provide free books for kids to have in their home and  helps  build personal libraries.  Evidence shows that a print-rich home environment  typically  encourages long lasting interest in reading throughout young people’s lives.

 

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Peoples Bank and Trust representative, Kimber Howard, presents Paige Parker, Secretary/Treasurer of Elsberry NHS, with a $495 check for a donation to help fund the Operation Back Pack program that NHS is in charge of at EHS.  Operation Back Pack is a program that sends easily made food home with elementary students to make sure they have a nutritional meal outside of school.  PB&T employees makes a donation to their fund as an opportunity to dress down on Fridays at the office.

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