Live Oak Middle teacher uses social media for literacy awareness

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WATSON, La. – When you can incorporate social media into education it becomes a win for both teachers and students.

Live Oak Middle School Librarian Amanda Jones is getting national attention for her efforts to use social media to garner support and awareness of literacy projects she has created for her students.

Jones was awarded two top national honors from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) during the group’s conference in Washington, D.C. She received the group’s 2019 Social Media Superstar Program Pioneer Award and was awarded a 2019 Inspire Special Event Grant. The grant includes a cash award of up to $2,000 for Jones to invest in her school’s social media project.

Jones said she plans to the use the AASL grant to continue her school-wide Battle of the Books program, as well as expand it to middle schools in the district.

“My goal is to have kids knocking down the door to get into our school library because it is the heart of our school – a place where every single student feels safe, loved and unafraid to be themselves.” Jones said.

Jones will also make that same presentation at the National AASL Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, in November later this year.

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