For the Win!

What happens when we collaborate and use our creativity? We win!

Last Friday, April 5, Follett announced the winners of the Follett Challenge, a competition in which schools participate to receive funding for equipment and supplies. The prizes go to schools that demonstrate the success of innovative and creative activities centered around their media center. The application process includes writing a wide range of essays answering questions that introduce judges to the best qualities of each school’s staff and initiatives. The centerpiece of the application process is a video that is shared on the Follett website for all visitors to view.


We worked very hard on all our essays, but the video was a great collaborative effort that included the marching band, students, teachers, and administrators. Everyone gave their time for the benefit of the school, and it certainly paid off. Months after we first sat down to discuss how to highlight the importance of our LMC in the life of the school, we heard we had been awarded the fourth place prize among 115 participating schools. Of course, we had hoped for the grand prize, but we are very happy to have won.

But this is not the end of this. We have seen what other schools are doing, and we are borrowing their ideas. One of my favorite initiatives was shared by another Challenge winner school, Seneca High School. Their video (link to Follett Challenge video) highlights their One Book / One School initiative and how students rallied and became a more close-knit community by sharing activities centered around a book. I would love to try this at GHS.

This was a memorable experience that will continue to benefit our school. I’m very proud to have been a part of it.

Winning Program

This week I’ve been working with Deb Cross to put the finishing touches on a contest entry. If we win, we get funds to purchase all sorts of goodies for our media center.

In the contest rules and judging criteria, we are told we need to showcase a program that encourages students, teachers, and all community stakeholders to engage in the development of 21st Century Skills. The essays are all written, and we are working on our video. There is so much to include that we are having a tough time staying under our five minute time limit.

This is the best kind of problem to have. Too much good stuff and not enough time to talk about it. I am so proud to be a part of Goochland County Public Schools.