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Global Literacy Center

Dixon Elementary celebrates the grand opening of its Global Literacy Center

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Global Stewardship is what Dixon Elementary School is all about. It was only fitting that the school incorporate a Global Literacy Center within the school's media center to provide students with various materials about countries around the world. It was a year in the making and required a lot of hard work, but March 20th the school held a celebration to dedicate their new Global Literacy Center.

Several members of District 7730 Rotary Club of Sneads Ferry joined in the celebration. That  year Kelly worked closely with Pam Honeycutt, the president of the club, to write a grant to see if they could obtain some money to get the center off the ground. Last fall they received word they were awarded the grant. With the school matching the grant, there was $4,000 to purchase materials.

As soon as they got the word, Amy Wilson, the Dixon media coordinator ath the time, began working with Rotarians to select and then catalog resources. In that time they have been able to acquire 88 different titles and a total of 155 copies of books, including leveled sets for teachers to use in the classroom. There are books about various cultures, celebrations and even fairy tales from around the world, Wilson said. She told students and attendees there is even one book about different country's traditions when a child loses a tooth. She is sure students will find it very interesting.

When word of the center got out some parents and local citizens donated items they collected in their world travels. Kelly said there will be more shelving added soon so they can display more of the things they have received, and she expects the collection of books will be expanded over time.

"These resources will give students the global perspective they will need to be 21st century global citizens," she said.

The current media coordinator, Vanessa Taylor, continues to maintain and enhance this collection.