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  1. Awesome website! I am sure this took a lot of work to put together, but what a great resource for school librarians. Thank you for sharing this with all school librarians in the state.

  2. For a literature activity, I am having to research the Gateway Readers Award. I have gone to many sites looking for the history of the award and all I get is the basic motto, how winners are chosen, and the list of nominees/winners. I am needing to know things like When was the Award started, by who, and anything else that would be helpful in knowing its history.

    Thank you for your time and consideration.

    • It started in the Southwest District. I can’t remember what year but I think that the first winner was Someone Like You. I can’t remember the ladies name (Sally ?) who was the chairman, I think she was at Willow Springs (I do know that she passed about 2-3 years ago. At that time I don’t think it had a name, that came later. Also I think SW District voted for a couple of years before it was taken to the state & incorporated with the others. Sorry I can’t remember any more.

  3. Salena,

    Sally Hatton created the Gateway Award. A new high school librarian (at Willow Springs High School, I think), Sally attended her first MASL Spring Conference and was disappointed that there was no readers’ choice award for high school students. (At that time, the Show-Me Award was for grades 1-3 and the Mark Twain for grades 4-8.) Sally piloted the program in her region during the 2001-2002 and 2002-2003 school years. MASL took over the award starting with the 2003-2004 school year.

    Adding Gateway to the Readers’ Choice Awards brought about another important change. In 2004 or 2005 (sorry, I don’t remember which), MASL created a Readers’ Award Task Force to consider the best way the RA program could serve all students. The Task Force recommended making the Mark Twain Award for upper elementary students and adding a fourth RA program for middle school students. This new award was eventually named the Truman Award. The Task Force also recommended that the grade ranges for each RA program be suggestions or guidelines rather than hard and fast rules as they had been in the past. MASL approved the recommendation, and now students can vote for the award of their choice. (For instance, and 8th grader who reads three Gateway titles can participate in Gateway voting.)

    I hope this information helps.

    Margaret Sullivan

  4. This site will be so helpful in getting students interested in reading the nominees. Thank you for putting this together for all of us!

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