Middle school library upgrade is celebrated in Point Boro

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Point Pleasant School District officials, board of education members, and representatives of the Point Pleasant Foundation for Excellence in Education celebrate the grand opening of the newly renovated Memorial Middle School Media Center. [COURTESY OF SARAH ULAKY]

POINT PLEASANT — Point Pleasant School District officials, board of education members and leaders with the Point Pleasant Foundation for Excellence in Education came together for a short ribbon-cutting ceremony last week to celebrate the grand opening of the newly renovated Memorial Middle School Media Center.

Memorial Middle School’s Media Center recently underwent a complete modernization, including a fresh coat of paint, new flooring and new furnishings. The project was supported by the Point Pleasant Foundation for Excellence in Education, which provided over $38,000, and the Point Pleasant School District Board of Education.

“A few months ago, the foundation agreed to purchase new furniture for the library and we are grateful for that. About five years ago, they had donated close to $40,000 to do the same at the high school [media center] and really the stuff that was purchased and the work that went into it … has turned out to be a great thing,” Superintendent Vincent S. Smith recently told the school board.

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“We want to thank the foundation once again for their support of the district. Over the years, they have donated money for scholarships [for students] and grants for our staff and for these types of projects and we are grateful for their continued support.”

Linda Piscione, media specialist, spoke about some of the upgrades that offer students a wider variety of resources, including a reading lounge in one corner, a multi-media production area in another, and a maker space in a third corner.

“Everybody came in, had a look around. We watched a little video of the transformation process and … I presented letters to the foundation and the board from me saying thank you,” she said of the ceremony Nov. 10. “Everybody was really impressed with it and it looks beautiful.

“I am actually teaching a class there now, so those students are getting to enjoy it. Everything was designed to be able to move around; tables on wheels, chairs on wheels, and the new floor is absolutely gorgeous.

“Now we have a STEM table for building things … and that is on wheels, too, so the whole thing can be moved out of the way or moved to a different location. In another corner we have a media-production area where we hung our green screen … we also have a couple of media carts where we can store microphones and headphones and laptops …  We kind of want to do some podcasting, maybe, or some video streaming, broadcasts.

“We have three tables that are big clover-shaped tabletops and underneath is cabinet space to store supplies. We have a couple of bookshelves that are on wheels and that’ll be for supplies, too, for our maker space and then we have a beautiful reading lounge.

“I took out two big long bookcases that were in the corner that were just dead space and we have tall bookcases along the wall there, steel bookcases, and I moved my fiction collection  and then we put a colorful rug and beanbags in so it is a nice place to hang out. I am looking forward to seeing a lot of kids using it.”

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