SARASOTA – A partnership between the Sarasota County School District and Sarasota County Public Libraries was announced.

ONEPass is a partnership to expand education and student access to what the district called “diverse learning tools.”

The free resources available through Sarasota County Public Libraries were created for the district by age group, according to a news release.

“Resources like Mango Languages, Creativebug and LearningExpress were selected to maximize engagement and help build skills in reading, language, math and the arts, among other focus areas,” the news release said. “The tools can be found through the existing MySCS portal, an online hub that teachers, staff and students already use to access digital textbooks, articles and media. One number — the school district-issued “A” or “N” number — is all that is needed to start exploring and using the suite of resources.”

“This partnership is all about removing barriers. All of our families will now have access to the infinite resources available in our libraries,” said Laura Kingsley, assistant superintendent/chief academic officer of Sarasota County Schools. “Learning, and tools to elevate growth, should be accessible to everyone. ONEPass will allow our school communities to dive even deeper into their interest areas. The possibilities for engagement span all subject matter and truly are multigenerational.

“We are excited to introduce this program, and grateful to have Sarasota County Libraries as a partner that shares our desire to put teacher, staff and student learning needs first. These resources will be invaluable and inspiring to our school communities in the digital age.”

“Knowledge is a driving force for advancement,” said Renee Di Pilato, director of Sarasota County Libraries and Historical Resources. “Our goal is to continually inspire the community to learn, which is why we partnered with the school district on the ONEPass initiative. Whether it is learning how to play a new instrument, working through practice tests about history, or preparing for a future career or college, these tools will continue to open doors.

“We are pleased to support our community’s teachers, district staff and students as they pursue a variety of educational goals.”

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