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February 1, 2011 > Volunteers help Harder Elementary re-open school library

Volunteers help Harder Elementary re-open school library

ACOE Adopts a Local School

Submitted By Claudia Medina

Alameda County Schools Superintendent Sheila Jordan and Assistant Superintendent Naomi Eason proudly announce the reopening of Harder Elementary's school library. The Library Grand Opening Ceremony will be held on Tuesday, February 1 from 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. The community and media are welcome to witness the fruits of community involvement for school improvement efforts.

The Alameda County Office of Education (ACOE) adopted Harder Elementary this winter to reopen the school's library after a two year closure. ACOE Employees have donated over 100 hours of their time, skills, and efforts in order to clean, re-shelve, organize and decorate the library. "ACOE employees are proud to have adopted Harder Elementary's library as a community project; their heartfelt contribution will make a difference in the lives of children far beyond the school setting," said Jordan. "Providing a well equipped library has the power to foster a love of reading, and once children build the habit of reading, they set the stage for future academic success."

The effort to restore the school library was spearheaded by Mr. Hector Garcia, who recently left his position as Director of Curriculum and Instruction at ACOE to serve as Principal of Harder Elementary school. Since his arrival last August, Garcia has overseen a School Reconstitution; a long and painful process of restructuring the school - from rehiring teachers who can meet the academic requirements and qualifications to obtain student proficiency in core academic subjects, to building an administrative staff that can support the school's vision of improving school performance.

ACOE's adoption of Harder Elementary came as a result of Garcia's leadership and service in the Curriculum and Instruction division. His colleagues saw an opportunity to help him succeed in his new task and together identified the needs to improve the school's facilities.

Garcia's background in managing teams and resources at ACOE transferred over to Harder Elementary. He has harnessed the collective value and resources available within his community. He secured book donations from the community, and gained support from school parents and custodial teams to bring the library facilities to a well insulated, comfortable place for children to learn and grow.

"It has been approximately two years since a functioning library was in place at Harder. The Harder Elementary parent and student community is very excited to continue growing our love of reading through the use of our school library," said Garcia. "The efforts of countless Harder parent volunteers and my colleagues at the Alameda County Office of Education have been instrumental in helping us arrive to this important milestone. This is but the beginning of many successes for our Harder student, teacher and parent community."

Re-opening of Harder Elementary School Library
Tuesday, February 1
4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Harder Elementary School
495 Wyeth Road, Hayward
(510) 293-8572
Event is open to the community

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