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Scotus Central’s Media Center gets a new look

November 9, 2018

The generosity of community members has resulted in a revitalized Scotus Central Catholic High School Media Center.

“It’s a lot more organized,” said Claire Rickert, an eighth-grade student at Scotus Central Catholic High School, 1554 18th Ave. “And now, they have a whiteboard at the back to help you study.”

Claire said she spends most of her time at the Media Center – which also serves as the school’s library – between classes working on projects in the computer lab and studying with her friends.

Overall, Rickert said the new look made the space more comfortable for students. Fellow eighth-grade student Brennen Jelinek couldn’t agree more.

“It’s a big difference,” said Brennen, who enjoys spending times at the center’s computer lab and checking out books. “It feels more home-like.”

Those are the reactions Media Center specialist Cathy Podliska was striving for when she pitched the idea to the Scotus Board of Education. Officials successfully raised approximately $34,000 from the school’s Masquerade Gala held in April for the remodeling project, which exceeded their $25,000 goal.

“The idea was to open (the space) up more for the students,” Podliska said.

Podliska and a team of students began working on the space at the end of the previous school year and are still in the process of arranging new books. Podliska said she hopes to mount a projector and install OverDrive, an online source providing access to eBooks and audiobooks from local public libraries, by January.

Thanks to the donations, old furniture was replaced, walls were repainted, ceiling lights were replaced with light-emitting diode (LED) – which made the space brighter – and an additional meeting space enclosed with glass blinds was built.

Since then, Podliska said the additional room has become relatively popular among students and staff for meetings, speech practices and completing video recordings.

The group replaced several metal bookshelves with new wooden racks. Because these dated shelves took up a lot of space, Podliska said it made the space look a lot smaller than it is.

“I think it’s a more welcoming environment (now),” she said.

However, furniture removed from the center didn’t go to waste. Podliska said much of the furniture found new homes at different departments within the school and some were taken home by staff for personal use. Older books were recycled, donated to area elementary schools and repurposed as decorations.

Podliska also noted her idea of introducing to students an after-school art project using old books.

“We tried to repurpose as much as we could versus just sending it to the dump,” Podliska said.

Podliska said community members can still donate to the Media Center, adding it’s an important space for students to gather additional information outside of the classrooms. Those wanting to learn more are encouraged to call the school at 402-564-7165.

“There are always things we are wishing for,” she said.

Natasya Ong is a reporter for The Columbus Telegram. Reach her via email at natasya.ong@lee.net.

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