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Lowes Elem. thanks KEA/Murray State educators for 'flipping' library

From left: Candace Edmonds, Murray State University-Paducah campus students, Elyssa Bradley and Brianne Widman, T.J. Davidson, and Rachael Adams. (Source: Paul Schaumburg, Graves Co. Schools) From left: Candace Edmonds, Murray State University-Paducah campus students, Elyssa Bradley and Brianne Widman, T.J. Davidson, and Rachael Adams. (Source: Paul Schaumburg, Graves Co. Schools)
(Source: Paul Schaumburg, Graves Co. Schools) (Source: Paul Schaumburg, Graves Co. Schools)
(Source: Paul Schaumburg, Graves Co. Schools) (Source: Paul Schaumburg, Graves Co. Schools)
(Source: Paul Schaumburg, Graves Co. Schools) (Source: Paul Schaumburg, Graves Co. Schools)
GRAVES COUNTY, KY (KFVS) -

“Build it and they will come,” was the mysterious message in the classic baseball movie “Field of Dreams.”

The Kentucky Education Association’s First District student organization decided to increase and encourage student reading at a school by making the home of the books more inviting.

They accepted nominations and chose Lowes Elementary as the recipient of their program called “Flip the Library.”

Brianne Widman and Elyssa Bradley are education majors and seniors in the 2+2 collaborative program between West Kentucky Community and Technical College and Murray State University’s Paducah Campus.

They explained that the student organization met and chose the library that needed the greatest upgrade in an area spanning from Ballard County eastward to Trigg County.

The group of approximately 45 students is grateful for the donations of numerous businesses for a silent auction last May to raise funds.

Renovations began June 1 and ended July 3.

“It’s a different world in here!” said Lowes teacher T.J. Davidson. “The kids of love it and they’re enjoying reading more! The ceiling is redone, the walls are painted, the bookshelves are moved, and there’s a new color scheme, with matching curtains and wall decorations!” She continued, “We can’t say enough good about these KEA students and we want everybody to know what a great project this was and how generous it was of them to flip our library!”

“I’m so excited for Lowes Elementary School because this is a much-needed project and one that will help students learn,” said Marc Mavigliano, principal of Lowes the past two years before he moved on to Lone Oak Intermediate School. “Education in general and reading in specific are a lot like so many things in our society. They have to be inviting to succeed. These up-and-coming education students realize that and were very kind to help! We’re all very grateful!”

Candace Edmonds, a KEA associate working with teachers in 21 school districts and the student program, also praised the MSU students for their insight, foresight and hard work in making practical improvements in the library to help it encourage reading.

For their part, the MSU student organizers also are pleased.

“We had a very good experience here at Lowes,” Widman said the day the project was dedicated. “We were very welcomed here. People like T.J. Davidson were very helpful.”

“It was a real community effort,” Bradley concluded. “Everybody helped from Candace Edmonds and the KEA First District to the members of our student program on the MSU Paducah Campus and people here at Lowes. We were very glad to be here.”

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