BHS receives Outstanding Library Award

BHS Interim Principal Bobby Cunningham, former BHS Principal Dr. Brenda Hafner, BHS Media Specialist Amy Whitfield, BHS Media Specialist Crystal Smith, Richland 2 Director of High School Instruction Marriah Schwallier, and Richland 2 Director of Elementary Instruction and School Library Arthur Newton

GREENVILLE – The South Carolina Association of School Librarians (SCASL) honored the Blythewood High Library staff at the 43rd annual SCASL conference.

Blythewood High School received the Outstanding School Library Program of the Year Award. BHS Media Specialists Crystal Smith and Amy Whitfield are this years’ recipients and received a $2,000 grant for books and $500 monetary award for instructional materials from Gumdrop Books!

“Since our school opened in 2005, we have strived to provide our students and teachers with best practices in library services while also providing quality materials and innovative teaching and learning experiences,” Whitfield said. “Research has consistently shown that schools with strong library programs give their students a better chance to succeed academically while also helping to close the achievement gap. It is our goal to provide for the information, research, and reading needs of all students and teachers at Blythewood High School and to provide a welcoming atmosphere where students are supported academically as well as personally.”

Former BHS principal Dr. Brenda Hafner said media center staff offers an amazing experience for teachers and students at the school.

“BHS students are provided with innovative inquiry-based instruction using a variety of practices including blended learning, personalized learning, and differentiation to encourage engagement. They truly demonstrate a commitment to going above and beyond what is required to create a dynamic and thriving library for their school community,” Hafner said.

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