Amelia Estevez-Creedon, librarian and media specialist at the Riley Avenue Elementary School, was awarded a $500 grant for the school through the Suffolk School Library Media Association.
Ms. Estevez-Creedon, who was recognized at an awards ceremony May 18, received the 2016 Media Flex-Opals Library Project Grant.
In her acceptance letter, Ms. Estevez-Creedon was told that her application had reached the expectations of the American Association of School Librarians. Her programs, the letter says, helps “the library meet these new mandates with elementary students.”
In her time in the district, Ms. Estevez-Creedon has already implemented numerous programs that contributed to her success in obtaining this grant. These programs include:
- A presentation done by the students for the district’s annual Black History Celebration.
- A visit by author and illustrator, Wendy Wax, who discussed the writing process with students. Other authors were brought in to set up tables to discuss books.
- An outdoor reading initiative.
- A reading buddy program where third graders read with kindergartners.
- A presentation for parents with limited English proficiency to help them learn how to assist their kids with studying and homework.
Aside from starting a variety of programs, Ms. Estevez-Creedon embraces the practices of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and encourages her students to ask questions when they read, according to a press release.
She was also a leader in the Parents As Reading Partners Program.
The $500 grant will be used by the school to support social studies initiatives in the library.
Photo Caption: Riley Avenue librarian Amelia Estevez-Creedon. (Credit: Riverhead School District)