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On Nov. 7, the Ramona Elementary School PTA unveiled the school’s library media center with a ribbon cutting. The community, families, and school staff were all invited to help celebrate. After a year and a half of planning, Ramona School now has a place for students to do their assignments and read and borrow library books. The library media center is also for students who do not have access to a computer at home. The goal is to provide students with the best learning experiences and access to modern technologies for a successful future.
Ramona teachers Donna Alvarado and Linh Ly felt the library was outdated and needed improvements. “There were many processes and months of planning for this to happen,” said PTA President Melissa Torres. “Teachers gave up their classrooms, and the PTA donated over $7,000 to the library media center for improvements, furniture, bookcases, materials, and updated books.”
The center was made possible with the leadership of Dr. Steven Suttle, former principal, and with the support and assistance from Ramona teachers Ms. Alvarado, Karen Bell, Janet Dodson, Patricia Synegard, and Ms. Ly, and Librarian Deanna Sato, Instructional Specialist Denise Diconti, Ramona scholars, Ramona PTA, and PTA board members 2018-2020.
The celebration was presented by Principal Dr. Debbie Kotani. Speakers Ms. Torres, PTA Vice President Miriam Salinas, Ms. Alvarado, and Ms. Ly delivered outstanding speeches about the school’s need for the library media center and how beneficial it will be for the students. The celebration was attended by special guests and speakers Alhambra City Mayor Adele Andrade-Stadler; Denise R. Jaramillo, AUSD superintendent; Robert Gin, AUSD board president; Janet Lees, assistant superintendent of Educational Services; Pat Mahony, assistant superintendent Student Employee Welfare; and Cindy Ho and Mary-Ann Torres-Co, Alhambra Chamber Ambassadors.
Because it is an evolving library media center, the school seeks to improve the library with more books and bring a robotics club to the center. Any donations, whether new or used books, are always welcomed.