Our school is a racially and culturally diverse school serving over seven hundred students in St. Paul, MN. Many of our students receive special services.
70% of our students qualify for free or reduced lunch.
Almost 30% of our students are English Language Learners and about 10% of students receive Special Education services.
We are comprised of two separate schools with different programs: Montessori and Science. Students have many hands-on opportunities for learning through the Inquiry Zone, a hydroponics lab, an iPad initiative, and outdoor gardening areas. Our students are active, inquisitive children desperately in need of resources due to multiple years of school district budget cuts.
Libraries are more than books and reading, they are now a place to inspire creativity and design through MakerSpaces.
I would like to turn our library classroom into a space where students can explore topics that interest them and learn new skills.
Origami is by far one of our students' favorite things to do, but they do not have books or materials to properly learn the skill. They are too busy during the school day for creative exercises like this that do not fit into the standard curriculum. Having origami stations in the library with books and paper will give students a time and space to explore this craft they already love. Working on origami improves reading skills through written directions, increases students' ability to follow and complete tasks, and focuses their energy on a single goal. We need origami paper and instruction books to turn this idea into reality.
Our students love bookmarks but often lose them. If students design their own bookmarks using the tassels, bookmark blanks, and miniature coloring cards they will gain a sense of ownership and will be sure to take care of them. The coloring kits provide a quick escape for students who need a break from schoolwork but who get overwhelmed by having to come with a drawing or design on their own. They can help anxious students calm down and give overstimulated students a quiet yet creative task to help them relax.
Together all of these resources will help transform our library into a MakerSpace that students will want to visit again and again.
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