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Sparta LMC Director Recognized with Friend of Literacy Award

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SPARTA, Wis. (WXOW) – The Midwest Reading Council recognized Lawrence Lawson Elementary School Library Media Center Director Darla Schroeder with the "Friend of Literacy Award" on January 30.

Lawrence Lawson kindergarten teacher Beth Grams nominated Schroeder for the award because of her ongoing efforts to promote literacy at the school.

"It was super exciting to be recognized. Librarians spend a lot of time working behind the scenes," Schroeder said. 

After serving as a public library director in Cashton and Westby, Schroeder began working for the Sparta Area School District in 2004. Schroeder enjoys working with children and promoting reading and literacy.

In her nomination letter, Grams noted how Schroeder's efforts have included planning fairy tale themed nights and helping coordinate a Bookmobile to help children become more familiar with technology.

"Darla gets kids in our school excited about school. She uses many different forms of technology to introduce reading and literacy activities," Grams said. "She encourages students to help her in the library and teaches them how to check in/out books and put them away.

"Darla also is a wonderful resource for the teachers and staff at our school and helps us locate learning material that enhances our instruction and brings literacy into every subject," she said.

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