For several months now, media specialist Gwendolyn Perry and her fellow staff in the library have been working
together to “rebuild” the media center.
According to Perry, the library is currently in need of new books, school supplies, book repair items and accessories,
as well as new technology. Perry has been raising money for the restoration project through the recent book fairs and
“I sell donuts myself every Friday. I can’t sell them to students until after 3:13, but all of that money goes straight to a
media account to buy media supplies,” Perry said.
Previously, the library received funds, which went directly to the library itself, but now there are several allocations of money in which teachers and staff must request the supplies or materials they need.
“This library used to get a budget of approximately $20,000 a year to get book materials, but it was eliminated,” Perry said.
“We had books so outdated that it was almost funny,” Perry said. “I would rather have fewer books that you want to
read rather than a thousand books that no one wants to touch.”
Perry and instructional technology facilitator Jared Brush are working to eliminate these unwanted books by replacing them and filling in missing series.
Books are not the only concern for the media center, however. Brush said the technological equipment which is
needed is not included in the fixed assets fund. The fund is sent to the school and can only can be used for “big ticket
“The less expensive technology doesn’t fall under the category of the money we are getting from the county, so we
have to find other ways to buy them,” Brush said.
The technology needed includes cables, keyboards and mice, and other computer accessories.
One of the other ways Perry and Brush are raising money is through book fairs. They hosted one in the media center
Nov. 13-17 where students dropped by and took a look around.
The second “book fair” they hosted was at Barnes and Noble. When a shopper told the cashier they were shopping
with Roberson, the school received a book credit. Perry referred to this book credit as “magical book money.”
Both said they were grateful for what money they do have, but funding is still an issue.
“I am so thankful to have any budget from which to build,” Perry said.
Brush believes that the funding issue will always be present because there is always something that will be needed.
Both Perry and Brush said they are working on these fundraising projects to put students first.
“We are interested in being there for our students,” Perry said.