Dare County Schools - A Different Kind of Library!
May 7, 2020
Turning the page of a book has a different feel than pushing or sliding a button on your computer or Kindle. A child being able to touch the colorful pages or touch the fur, suede or sandpaper to identify an animal is an experience. Experiences shape our lives and become stories we tell to our children, grandchildren, neighbors and friends.
Dare County Schools (DCS) closed their doors to students and transitioned to Remote Learning on March 23, 2020 in accordance with the NC Governor’s Executive Order 117 and have remained closed due to later corresponding Orders. The doors may be closed but not the minds and hearts of school employees and volunteers. DCS is committed to taking care of not only the students but all children living in Dare County. They started with meals being provided but it didn’t stop there!
Books for all ages have been provided by various organizations to be the “dessert” to go along with the meals being provided. Books are bundled by age, placed in bags, and given to anyone in the drive thru at Manteo Elementary School on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM. Books are tangible, and that is what some miss most during this challenging time.
As she was handing out books, Mrs. Reida Roberts, Director of Exceptional Children’s Services said, “It's a joy to be able to greet families and children with new books as they come by in their cars. Parents have expressed how helpful it is to have new reading material for their children, and it's just an all-around good experience for everyone.” Joy is such a fitting word as it is about serving others selflessly. That is Manteo Life!