Just in time for national Computer Science Education Week – Dec. 3-9 – Kaycee School received $500 in funding, which allowed the school to expand its computer science offerings.

“We sincerely thank Google and ALA (American Library Association) for awarding us this microfunding that will position our libraries in Kaycee to further support the curriculum of computer science for our students,” said Myra Camino, the school’s library media specialist.

The library was one of 250 school and public libraries across the country that received funding from Libraries Ready to Code, which is an initiative of the American Library Association sponsored by Google.

The $500 will allow the school to furnish the library with robots and “creativity kits,” which include paper, leather and supplies for knitting and sewing. Camino said that both the robots and the creativity kits will give students “access and opportunity throughout the day to nourish their critical, creative and problem-solving skills.”

Camino said that adding these nontraditional learning opportunities to both the K-5 and 6-12 libraries helped the libraries become “learning spaces where our students are given opportunities to be exposed to coding, technology and creating/makerspaces supported by a variety of rich literature resources – print and digital.”

ALA President Loida Garcia-Febo agreed that the funding helped expose Kaycee students to skills and experiences that will hopefully stay with them all their lives.

“ALA is pleased to provide microfunding to Kaycee Library and other Ready to Code libraries,” Garcia-Febo said. “We hope this microfunding will not only generate enthusiasm for CS Ed Week but spark year-round programming to develop critical-thinking and digital skills youth can draw on over a lifetime.”

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