School's media center gets Md. award

March 26, 1995|By Sandra Ormsbee | Sandra Ormsbee,Contributing Writer

Students at C. Milton Wright High School are navigating the information superhighway, a road that led to the school's recognition for Media Program of the Year.

The school won the Mae I. Graham Media Program of the Year Award for its media center that's equipped with 29 IBM computers with WordPerfect, CD-ROM software and Internet access.

The award, which is on a three-year rotation among Maryland elementary, middle and high schools, is given by the Maryland Educational Media Organization to a school that has an outstanding media program. The award is named for Mae I. Graham, a pioneer for school library programs in the state.

"We're very proud of what our media services do," said Donald Morrison, director of information and publications for Harford public schools. "There are a lot of exemplary programs in the county, and Patti Pfau and the C. Milton Wright program is a shining star."

Ms. Pfau, media specialist at the school, said the computer lab was incorporated into the school library and the curriculum six years ago.

Students use the center to learn about computer technology and the Internet, she said, and teachers can write lesson plans using the center's professional library.

"The computer lab enhances what goes on in here," said Ms. Pfau, of Bel Air. "The importance of our program is that it meets their needs."

In addition to computers, the center contains about 20,000 books, literary criticism, reference materials and an automated card catalog, she said.

"In this day and age, there's so much information available right at your fingertips," Ms. Pfau said. "It's not a problem getting the information, but what you do with it that is the challenging part."

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