Friday, April 12, 2002
School library is not expendable
To the Editor:
The suggestion has been made recently, in this time of very difficult town-wide budget cuts, that the school library is expendable. We strongly disagree. In fact, it is difficult for us to see how our children can have a quality education without it.
Reading is what it is all about. Education starts with reading, and being able to read well opens up everything else, both at school and in life. The possibility that children would not have immediate, on-site access to books, information, and that wonderful teacher called the "librarian" (in this case, Mrs. Sandy Kelly) would be very detrimental to their learning.
At the Carlisle School, the library functions as an integral part of the curriculum at all grade levels. Elementary students are introduced to library and research skills, exposed to all manner of age-appropriate literature, and given thoughtful guidance regarding topic and book selection. In addition, the librarian is continually searching out books on various topics whales, weather, wigwams, you name it to supplement the curriculum needs of students in particular classrooms.
At the middle school level, the library's role in teaching research skills is invaluable. There are a number of computers allowing students critical, supervised training in on-line research. Mrs. Kelly also maintains on-line links for databases, homework, and grade-level projects, among other things (visit www.carlisle.mec.edu).
Finally, the library is simply there. It is open during the entire school day for children to visit independently (with teacher permission) to browse, to read, to check out materials, and to continue to discover the wonders of reading. We hope we do not have to take this away from them.
Playground committee says thanks
To the Editor:
On behalf of the Carlisle School Playground Committee, we would like to thank all of those who made donations to this much-needed play area for the kindergartners. If not for all of your generous donations, this project would not have been able to go forward. The play structure has been delivered to the installer and will be installed over April school vacation. Let the kindergartners play!
Holly Salemy, Concord Road
Kim Rusling-Flynn, Woodbine Road,
Rich Colman, Audubon Lane
Trash Party thanks
To the Editor:
I want to thank and congratulate everyone who was able to participate in this year's Mosquito Trash Party. Once again, the attendance exceeded that of the previous year, and the efforts of individuals (first timers and seasoned veterans), Scout troops, dens, and their leaders resulted in hundreds of bags of crud being removed from the landscape in just a few hours.
Thanks to Daisy's Market for providing the much-appreciated coffee and Welch Foods for the assortment of juice which we had no trouble keeping cold, and Gary Davis of the DPW. Special thanks to Dave and Joan Driscoll, Steve Tobin and David Tobin, Tim Galligan and Alan Carpenito, Eric Lawson and Bob Oleksiak, who donated their time, truck or support to finish the job.
Although no one came forward with any weird or incredible 'find,' I found this year's effort to be an overwhelming success. Thanks again for your help.
2002 Mosquito Trash Party coordinator
© 2002 The Carlisle Mosquito