The librarian at Wilmot Elementary School has been able to turn a negative into a positive.
When the library aide position was cut at the school, librarian Michele Bergeron-Coldsnow thought about who might be available to help with the day-to-day operations in the library. She turned to the school’s fifth-graders and created eight positions called library apprentices.
Interested fifth-graders applied, interviewed and were selected for the positions, and they come to school early one day a week to help with reshelving books, labeling, keeping the library clean and any other duties Coldsnow can find.
“This is the first year I’ve done this,” Coldsnow said. “They had to take a test on alphabetizing, and they needed references from their teachers. I was a toughie because they need to be here to work. This is not playtime.”
The library apprentices are Bella Berninzoni, Josh McSweeny, Ezra Renaud, Takara Vigil, Carson Moran, Anton Schindler, Peter Sweeney and Lindsey Weaver.
“We have fun,” said Ezra Renaud. “It gives me a hobby. I like to read books.”
Bella Berninzoni said she thought it would be fun and helpful to Coldsnow, plus she likes doing things around the school.
“My friends are here,” Bella said. “I enjoy doing stuff here.”
Parents who home-school your children: Listen up.
There’s a place you can take your children for some of the extra schooling that might be easier in a larger setting.
The Home School Connection offers classes from 9:15 a.m. to 3:20 p.m. on Thursdays in the basement of Conference Baptist Church in Marshdale for children in kindergarten through sixth grade. Classes are available in art, music, physical education, drama, cooking, sewing, writing and hands-on science.
“In science they do things like dissecting squid,” according to school director Bobbi McKim, “something I wouldn’t want to do in my kitchen if I were a home-school mom.”
The school is offered through Woodrow Wilson Academy, a charter school in Westminster. The school offers outreach programs for home-schooled children in Westminster and Marshdale.
Since the Home School Connection is approved through the Jefferson County School District, teachers are licensed or are highly qualified in the areas they teach, McKim said.
There’s a $90 registration fee, and some classes require a nominal materials fee, she said.
For more information, visit www.wwacademy.org.
Have tips about schools in Evergreen? Contact Evergreen resident Deb Hurley Brobst at firstname.lastname@example.org.