Teachers and librarians are often given apples by students, but it is not every day that a librarian is given a Crystal Apple Award. Karee Bednar, North’s school librarian, was recently presented with this award. Known by all and loved by many, Bednar has helped generations of students succeed academically. She even keeps in touch with students in college.
“I proof a ton of papers, not only for the kids here in high school, but also [those] in college,” Bednar said.
Working with students is the best part of her job, according to Bednar. This was fitting as she was given the award for assisting students, having a positive attitude, and believing in teamwork and cooperative learning.
Collaboration with teachers, being a part of the presentation of ideas, and the assessments are some pluses about being a school librarian, as opposed to a public library librarian, said Bednar.
To get the award, one has to be a member of the Fargo Education Association. Someone then nominates the person and lists their better qualities and what they do to contribute to education. Her thanks go out to her friend Vicki Hartland, who nominated her, and the FEA.
“I’m honored and proud—excited and surprised,” Bednar said.
While the ceremony may not have been as glamorous as the Oscars, it was still eventful. Apparently when she received the award, Bednar grabbed the pedestal instead of the apple, not knowing it was not attached. Rolling off the pedestal, the apple fell to the floor and the stem broke off. Even though she was offered an unbroken apple, Bednar said she would rather have the original to remember the event.
“I’ll put it in my office somewhere,” Bednar said.