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Garraffo Receives Beatrice E. Griggs Administrator Award
Wednesday, June 15, 2016 -
Liverpool Central School District Executive Director for Elementary Education Steven Garraffo recently was honored as the Beatrice E. Griggs Elementary Administrator Award winner for 2016.
The New York Library Association and the New York State School Librarians present the award each year to an elementary or district administrator who has been responsible for the initiation, maintenance and/or improvement of an elementary school library program in a NYS school district during the past three to five years.
In addition to overseeing Liverpool’s nine elementary schools, Garraffo also is responsible for the district’s 14 libraries where he is an advocate for the librarians and their endeavors. He also actively seeks feedback to make sure the needs of students and staff are always being met in each school’s library.
“The library today is not just a place where kids look up a book,” he said. “The library today is a very different place.”
In recent years, LCSD library media specialists have participated in Hour of Code activities to introduce students to computer science. They also were instrumental in establishing the Bresnahan Book Award in honor of a colleague who passed away in 2013. And beyond maintaining the district library collections and databases, the library media specialists work with students on curriculum projects, research papers and cyber safety.
Garraffo was excited to learn about this year’s Beatrice E. Griggs Elementary Administrator Award because he knew it wasn’t his award alone.
“I received the award graciously, but I accepted it on behalf of the Liverpool librarians,” Garraffo said, adding that they are the ones who work so hard to make the Liverpool library program one of the best in the state.
Garraffo was honored during the 2016 Knickerbocker Banquet and Awards Ceremony held during the annual NYLA/ SSL Conference in Albany.