Ashe Elementary Library Awarded Grant
Arthur Ashe, Jr. Elementary Library was recently awarded a grant from the Henrico Education Foundation. The ‘Connecting Leaders @ The Library’ initiative will allow the library to have a suitable amount of mobile technology, in the form of 10 ipads, to allow students to explore, investigate, and create using user-friendly devices and apps. This project incorporates the library’s 21st century standards of communication, creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration with digital literacy and reading, while striving to bring out the leader in each and every one of our students.
The initiative will increase access to technology and resources to a student population and library program that battles the Second Digital Divide in terms of access and usage at home.
The iPads are a terrific platform for this project because it easily connects to a student’s Google Drive, the HCPS databases for research and ebooks, as well as an endless supply of apps and websites that can focus on 21st century skills. Having 100% access to technology will take student learning and digital access to a new level in the library, as well as be a positive behavior motivator for students who wish to have the opportunity to visit the library for independent discovery stations.
As students realize success at digital landscapes new to them, their self-efficacy will grow, and in turn, translate to success in the classroom and the world beyond our school walls.
AAES students are the future community and family leaders. This initiative can help build that child into a confident digital user, reader and leader, willing to take on challenges as they assess their personal growth and recover from setbacks.
This grant will bring excitement, challenge, and motivation to our All-Stars by Connecting Leaders @ The Library!