Pinewood stays busy with summer library hours, new climbing wall
August 28, 2008 · Updated 9:57 AM
MARYSVILLE Pinewood Elementary got a boost inside and out from the PTA this month with new Harry Potter books for the library and a new climbing wall for the playground.
The $13,000 play equipment was installed with help from members of the Marysville noon Rotary, including the expertise of the Jubie brothers, Harv and Larry, who got a hand with the chores of digging holes and pouring from current and former Pinewood students.
Its our community playground, said PTA representative Sharon Flynn. We got it on sale the day before the prices went up.
For principal Breeze Williams the new equipment helps the school become a magnet for people to use and enjoy the school grounds. The climbing wall is the most recent of several other donations and will be a great attraction.
It is so great and I really appreciate the Rotary for installing it, Williams said. This is the third piece of major equipment they have installed.
According to Williams the new addition makes the school grounds into a park and kids can play on the toys while their parents are watching a ball game is in progress. It helps them stay together in a safe place.
Weve created a park, she said.
Usually there is co-funding for these types of gifts, but Williams was sure the PTA came up with the dough on its own. She lauded the Jubies for making sure it got installed correctly.
That takes a lot of planning, Williams said. I know that Larry Jubie gets the plans and studies everything.
Inside the school there were stacks of new books waiting to be logged in so kids could check them out. For the second year in a row librarian Shelley Doty was keeping the book cache open on Wednesday mornings to allow student to maintain their reading skills over their summer vacation. Thats important as the Marysville School District has made literacy skills the cornerstone of efforts to improve test scores and aptitude on a broad range of subjects. Since reading is the key to other subjects like math and science, leaders are putting literacy skills on the front burner.
Thats why Doty will have her library open until the very end of August, so kids can stop in from 9 a.m. to noon. Allen Creeks librarian Cathy Davis is also keeping summer hours this year, but Doty has made an effort with a sandwich board urging kids to visit the library and pick up a book while they stop by the playground nearby.
The whole idea is to provide books to kids the whole summer long, Doty said.
Families are getting involved by combining their playtime with a trip to the library where Doty can make sure they leave with material that is challenging but at the right age and grade level. The goal is to have the students return in the fall and tell their teachers which three books they read over the break.
Parents are coming in and their kids are coming and they are playing and exercising, Doty said. Its becoming quite the social event.
On the counter stood four cases worth of gleaming new books, including two new Harry Potter novels. Hes supposed to be a big deal with the Pinewood demographic.
Its like Christmas, Doty said.
Second-grader Joseph Prado was visiting the library with his mom and his three-year-old brother Kael. He said he likes scary stories and mysteries, especially if they are short and shivery. He said its good that he can check out books over the summer.