These winning entries illustrate innovation, collaboration, critical thinking and ingenuity, and we think each one is worth celebrating. Take a look at the case study for each of the winners, as well as their own video. We know you'll be inspired to enter, too!
2013 Follett Challenge Winners
Henry M. Gunn High School/Palo Alto Unified School District - Palo Alto, CA
Omainsky worked for three years to overhaul an underused library into a hub of excitement and activity that gets students involved, enthused, and working every day on 21st century skills that equip them for college and career.
Maplewood Richmond Heights School District - St. Louis, MO
Service learning and community involvement is the name of the game at Maplewood Richmond Heights High School, where English Teacher Patrice Bryan is still flying high with the news of winning the 2012 Follett Challenge. "Winning was so incredible! It is allowing us to focus on building literacy in the new Research & Design space and acquire resources that more accurately reflect what we do. The Follett Challenge is the reward and the recognition that we're on the right path."
Berwick Academy - South Berwick, ME
Berwick Academy’s Innovation Center, operated by the school’s librarians/media specialists, offers an opportunity for students to pursue a mentor-supported area of study about which the student holds a strong interest or curiosity, explained Darcy Coffta, a librarian/ media specialist at the Academy. “The Follett Challenge opened so many doors for us; we were able to reach a greater audience and share our program, and get the resources we needed to grow the program.”
Goochland High School - Goochland, VA
Goochland High School is a model of innovation that sparks creativity in its students and gives educators an opportunity to engage students in a more progressive learning style built around project-based learning.
Seneca High School - Tabernacle, NJ
Seneca’s unique One Book, One School program successfully infused a love of reading in students and staff by selecting a popular book and mirroring the book’s story line by dividing the school into sections, competing in challenges, and earning points throughout the school year.
Mary E. Griswold Elementary - Kensington, CT
Griswold Elementary’s library is an exciting place that has broken through boundaries of time and space, and steadily works towards ensuring 21st-century readiness for every one of its students, explains Librarian/ Media Specialist Danielle Salina. “Our library is a second home to all. After winning the Follett Challenge, it’s an even better place!”