Media Specialist: Mrs. Beatriz Cruz
Mrs. Cruz has worked at Oscar J. Pope Elementary School for several years, first as an ESOL paraeducator and now as our Media Para II. Mrs. Cruz wants to share her love of reading with all students and is excited to be part of the Jay W. Erwin Media Center.
In Honor of Mr. Jay W. Erwin
The Oscar J. Pope Elementary School Media Center is named in honor of Mr. Jay W. Erwin, a legendary educator in Polk County Schools and
Principal of Oscar J. Pope Elementary School from 1970 until his untimely passing in 1998. Mr. Erwin was a champion of the fine arts in the Lakeland community. In 1955, Mr. Erwin and a colleague opened Casswin Music Store in Lakeland. He was the co-founder of the Lakeland Imperial Symphony Orchestra and a long time board member of MidFlorida Credit Union. We all have fond memories of Mr. Erwin.
Shortly after his death, the faculty of Oscar J. Pope Elementary School created a memorial garden which surrounds the media center including an inscribed brick memorial featuring fellow colleagues, former students, and community members who were touched by the kindness and generosity of Mr. Erwin. Mr. Erwin is greatly missed by all!
Accelerated Reader Quizzes