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Mamou High School renovates campus library

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Students at Mamou High School can expect more than just homework this new school year. The schools library just received a makeover turning it into a college and career center.
The high school's graduation rate increased to 90 percent last school year and teachers hope the new resource will keep that number growing. 

The doors entering Mamou High School's library look the same as they always have, but inside, the once-outdated library has a fresh new look. The updates to the building symbolize the idea that you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover

"I first got in, I was like, wow this is a really good change," senior class president Chandler Vidrine said. "There's the amazing coffee station, TVs to look at educational videos.There are laptops, it's really a great thing." 

The library, now called 'the den' is fully refurbished, thanks to $10,000 in grants from Centurylink and Walmart. Money saved by the school also helped contribute to the renovations. The den is a place where seniors can not only open a book, but also learn about colleges and life after high school.  

"We want to be able to provide some vision for them to work with about where they will be after graduation," Mamou High Principal Liz Chatelaine said. "We wanted to mimic a college union. Help the students create resumes, apply for college admission, help students complete financial aid and documents. All those things they need guidance with and don't have the resources at home."

Students will have access to iPads. They can scan one of several QR codes that will direct them to each university's website and help prepare them for the future. 

"Getting them (students) in this atmosphere, using the QR codes, allowing them to have access to laptops and iPads will help them advance themselves more than the past when they had to rely on textbooks," teacher Renée Gotreaux said. 

"I believe this is the place for Mamou High School," Vidrine. "This is the place to really learn and be prepared for our future."

School starts in Evangeline Parish next Wednesday.

First Day of School Dates in Acadiana:

Acadia Parish........August 10, 2016
Evangeline Parish..August 10, 2016
Iberia Parish ...........August 5, 2016
Jeff Davis Parish....August 10, 2016
Lafayette Parish......August 11, 2016
St. Landry Parish.....August 11, 2016
St. Martin Parish......August 11, 2016
St. Mary Parish.........August 8, 2016
Vermilion Parish......August 12, 2016

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