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2017 Follett Challenge High School Semifinalist Escambia County School District

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| Case Study 2017 FOLLETT CHALLENGE SEMIFINALIST Inspiring Students to Think Critically and Creatively Alisha Wilson, Librarian at Booker T. Washington High School in Escambia County School District, envisioned a space where all students could exercise their innate ability to lead, think, imagine and create. Fueled by her enthusiasm and commitment, Wilson partnered with teachers, students, the community, administrators and the district to design the Innovation Center. This is a vibrant space where creativity, collaboration, communication and open-minded thinking are at the heart of learning. With a 500 percent increase in reading levels and more than 24,000 annual visits, the Innovation Center is making a very real difference in student learning. As a result, Booker T. Washington High School was recently named a Semifinalist in the 2017 Follett Challenge, earning $30,000 in products and services from Follett. Their program is an inspiring story, and one that is deserving of recognition. BOOKER T. WASHINGTON HIGH SCHOOL, ESCAMBIA COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT PENSACOLA, FL With Mrs. Wilson's enthusiasm and her ability to motivate the faculty and student body, it's clear why we were named a Semifinalist. She was able to rally the troops for a most worthwhile cause, and the end results have been and will continue to be impactful. Dr. Michael Roberts Principal Booker T. Washington High School " Alisha Wilson Librarian Booker T. Washington High School "

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