Students First -LTE Media Center is a special place

(Submitted photo/Jennifer L. Kupiec) Students in LTE’s Morning Library Club working with Cubelets.

Those familiar with Lake Trafford Elementary (LTE) know that the Media Center is a special place. The reason seems to stem from the dedication of media specialist Alma McDermott. McDermott is always thinking of creative ways to engage students in their learning, so it’s no surprise that she took her enthusiasm outside of the school day with the school’s Morning Library Club.

Morning Library Club is new to LTE this year, thanks to McDermott, whose goal was to offer something to the students who arrive early to school. “I love giving students an opportunity to do something different if they come to school early—especially in that morning time before they get picked up by their teachers.”

The Club meets Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings from 7:20-7:40 a.m. Students in grades two through five are invited to attend.

After eating breakfast in the lunchroom, the students flow into the Media Center where they can read or take out a book, relax and chat with a friend, play learning games on the computers or laptops, work with Robotics or Cubelets kits, or work in one of the many Makerspaces offered.

“I love listening to the chatter and laughter that comes from them doing something they enjoy, and I like admiring the creations they share with me,” states McDermott.

“I signed up for the Morning Library Club because I could use Robotics and the Cubelets,” adds Diana Castro, a fifth-grade student who attends the Club. “And I love to read because I get to build up my reading counts points!”

The Club is currently accepting additional students. Should your child have an interest, have them pop in and check it out one morning. I am sure they’ll find an activity to love.

(Submitted photo/Jennifer L. Kupiec) A student choosing a book during LTE’s Morning Library Club.

Jennifer L. Kupiec is the Specialist, Communications & Community Engagement Collier County Public Schools

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