Thursday, May 14, 2009

Students the winners in “Be One in a Million” School Challenge

Congratulations to the 5,430 students who signed up for library cards as part of the San Antonio Public Library’s “Be One in a Million” School Challenge. While prizes will be awarded to the school in each district with the largest percentage increase in number of cardholders, their students are the real winners. A library card is our students’ smartest card, their best school supply, and their ticket to opportunity at any age.

During the past month, area schools participated in the “Be One in a Million” School Challenge and supported the library’s campaign to register 1,000,000 residents for library cards. Response to the school challenge was amazing – and unanticipated - with almost 200 San Antonio schools participating. Congratulations to our challenge winners below; each is truly “One in a Million”.

City Overall Winner (school with the greatest increase in number of card holders)
· San Antonio ISD – Briscoe Academy

School District Winners
· Alamo Heights ISD – Alamo Heights Junior School
· East Central ISD – East Central High School
· Edgewood ISD – Cenizo Park Elementary
· Harlandale ISD – Vestal Elementary
· Judson ISD – Salinas Elementary
· North East ISD – Montgomery Elementary
· Northside ISD – Stinson Middle School
· San Antonio ISD – Hawthorne Academy
· Somerset ISD – SSG Michael P. Barrera Veterans Elementary
· Southwest ISD – Indian Creek Elementary

All winners will be recognized at a City Council meeting and presented with a collection of new materials for their school library and a banner to promote their victory.

With a city illiteracy rate of 25%, the parent-teacher-librarian connection is critical to helping San Antonio create good literacy environments in homes, in our schools and in our communities. Thank you to all the schools who participated in the challenge, and especially their faculty and staff. They are “One in a Million”!

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