Congratulations to Gola
"KK" Cherney, the media specialist at
Chets Creek Elementary, for being selected as one of five finalists in the nation for the Scholastic Alferd Williams Literacy Award. The award recognizes teachers, volunteers, students, tutors, librarians and even grandparents for doing their part to help inspire a love of reading in children.
Mrs. Cherney needs our support to be selected as the winner! Visit
http://www.scholastic.com/literacyaward/ and choose the winner of the 2010 Alferd Williams Literacy Award! Online voting is from now until September 30, 2010.
“Alferd Williams is an inspirational story. I am so honored and touched to be considered for this award that represents literacy. Just to be nominated is such an honor. Thank you for considering to vote for me,” said Cherney.
For her nomination, Liz Duncan, the school's Behavioral Interventionist, wrote the following about Mrs. Cherney:
“It is my honor to nominate our media specialist, Mrs. KK Cherney for the Alferd Williams literacy Award. Mrs. “KK" has been the media specialist of Chets Creek Elementary, a national model school for exemplary work as a standards based learning community, serving 1,300 students in grades K-5, since 1998. She was the magical media specialist at a Title I school for four years prior. These populations of students range from all levels of socio economic status; however, Mrs. KK levels the playing field for all and raises truly literate children. Her enthusiastic spirit spills into every aspect of our school. As a well animated "book fairy," she gifted thousands of books to low income students, taking proceeds from her media account so every child receives new books. As the media resource teacher, KK takes students into the highly technical world of online literacy to motivate our most reluctant readers. She instructs fifth graders in media production as they produce live daily news broadcasts for the student body. Every student becomes a superstar!”
“This year, KK is bringing to life a dream for a local low income housing neighborhood. Her partnership with American Residential Communities has blossomed into a beautiful onsite media center for more than 200 high risk learners to have access to tutoring, Internet academic support, and unlimited books for checkout. The "ARC" or Academic Resource Center will be opened throughout the summer, staffed voluntarily by KK and other teachers. It may be used as a model for ARC neighborhoods nationwide! Mrs. Cherney has joined business partners for additional mentoring and tutoring at the center. Many of the families served are without monetary or transportation resources to provide these services for their children. She is truly "bridging the gap" for all learners and building leaders for our tomorrow!”
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