In April we had our Bluebonnet Celebrations for students reading books from the Bluebonnet Award List. This year for the give aways, I cleaned out drawers of sketches by illustrators and authors that had visited Rummel Creek over the years. The kids had so much fun picking out their posters from the stacks I had saved. I also found my box of buttons from conferences in the past. Students had fun picking through the boxes and finding just the right button....glad to find new homes for these mementos...the new library will be mostly glass, so no posters hanging around!
As the students rummaged through piles of posters, I thought back to all of the fun authors and illustrators who have visited RCE over the past 12 years. Lots of great memories and learning. I even found a few posters from years before the current library..and photos of the original library at RCE.
And still another last. Our last visiting author in this school building shared with us in May. The authors (Katie Clark and Sarah Wynne) of the River Royals entertained the students in the KIVA all day long as we followed the history of the Mississippi River and learned about the states along the river. It was good learning for the students, and teachers were given some packing time. PreK and Kinder students listened carefully to all of the states that we traveled through as we tubed down the Mississippi River.
Although the new campus will have a KIVA, we will miss this one...it's perfect for all of our large group activities....great for Author Visits...everyone can see....Our last Author Visit in the current RCE...great memories of writers and illustrators that shared their stories with us...
Although it's not a last, the library is looking pretty sad...the books that filled the shelves have been packed and shipped out to the transition campus or long term storage. Technology is beginning to be packed and sent over as well. Our days are numbered in the current RCE building. Such memories in these walls! The number of students that have passed through the halls from PreK - fifth grade and on to bigger and better things. Looking forward to the new building, but remembering the illustrious past and the special students that have passed through the doors of this Rummel Creek building. (Wondering what the future will be!)
Oh yes...in the middle of the packing...we had book fair...our last book fair in this building....see the silver carts before we set it up in the "barren" library.
And still more photos of the packing going on...it's 25 years of "stuff" for me to evaluate and 51 years of books a memorabilia...hard to decide what needs to be kept and what needs to go. It's hard to believe that the current library was built in 2001 and it's will be gone in just a few weeks.
And of course...last week we had our final faculty meeting in the current building.....our next meeting will be June 6th at the transition campus. Two more weeks (and they are not full weeks) at the current RCE....
And so the lasts continue!