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Ashlee Tominey from CLPL receives Distinguished Service Award for Partnership with Crystal Lake District 47

Public education advocates from throughout the state were honored for their support of their local schools and districts during the Illinois Chapter of the National School Public Relations Association’s (INSPRA) annual Distinguished Service Awards luncheon on May 10 in Bolingbrook. District 47 nominated Crystal Lake Public Library Youth Services Librarian, Ashlee Tominey, for her dedication to fostering positive connections with Crystal Lake Elementary District 47 staff, students, and families. 

Tominey played a pivotal role in establishing an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) between District 47 and the Crystal Lake Public Library, allowing all District 47 students access to books and library services. Almost six hundred students have signed up for a Student Access Card through the IGA, providing invaluable resources to D47 students residing outside the city limits of Crystal Lake. This initiative not only promotes literacy but also empowers students, ensuring equitable access to educational resources across the community.

Ms. Tominey serves as an invaluable partner to the district, aligning the resources of the public library with the curriculum and instruction in D47 schools. She has made connections within the walls of all 12 schools, dedicating time, resources, and training to students, families, and staff.

“Ashlee has a passion for literacy, and sharing this gift of knowledge with as many people in the community as possible,” said Elise Dean, District 47 Director of Literacy and Social Science. “District 47 is fortunate to have such a strong advocate for school and community relationships. She is very deserving of the Distinguished Service Award.”

“I am honored to be recognized by D47 and INSPRA,” said Tominey. “I truly enjoy working with staff at D47 and have a great team at the library that helps too. It has been wonderful to see new faces in the library and their joy when they check out books!”

The Distinguished Service Awards recognize those who make a difference in their school communities by helping to promote public education and enhance its programs and services. Nominees are evaluated on their ability to support or improve understanding and communication in the school/district; foster cooperative partnerships between the school and community; and strengthen the overall support for education by stakeholders.