On Saturday, December 1, 2012, Ms. Renee Swartz, Chair of the NJ Center for the Book, awarded the 2012 Miss Rumphius Award to LaDawna Harrington, school media specialist at Millburn High School, Millburn, NJ. The award was presented at the NJ Association of School Librarians Conference at the Ocean Place Resort & Spa, Long Branch, NJ.
The award was presented to LaDawna in recognition of years of exceptional leadership skills, innovative library media curriculum development, the design of literacy information programs, implementing a myriad of technological advances for collection circulation, and for “significantly increasing student interest and participation that contribute to academic success”.
She was nominated by Dr. Robert Keenan, VP, Millburn High School, and Jane Feeney Kade, Millburn High School English Department.
In his nomination Dr. Keenan wrote that LaDawna “has provided inspiration for spreading ideas and literacy, not only here at the high school but also at the elementary level, bringing enthusiasm for both grade levels that can only serve to create life-long connections to books and the powerful impact they have on our lives.”
He praised her program in which she “collaborates with the English Department here at the high school and reaches across the district to bring in collaboration from the elementary level. This yearlong theme of storytelling weaves its thread through the research projects that connect directly to novels being read by the students in their writing classes and culminates with a storytelling festival in the elementary school.”