State Superintendent of Schools Brian Whiston (below, left) and State Librarian Randy Riley (below, right) visited Carpenter Elementary School this week to recognize its media center as Michigan’s first “Model 21st Century School Library”. Taken into consideration were the school’s learning environment, teaching expertise and leadership commitment. Superintendent Whiston said Carpenter, under the direction of media specialist Jeannine Crissman (below, center) and Principal Adam Weldon, is leading the way in ensuring students have the 21st Century learning skills needed to be successful. During a special ceremony, Crissman reviewed how media specialists at all of Lake Orion’s elementary schools are collaborating with classroom teachers starting in first grade to closely integrate the use of technology into their curriculum, with a focus on science, social studies and writing, as well as speaking and listening. In addition to all students becoming technology savvy, she said the program is designed to make teachers more comfortable working with the digital tools.