In the United States, we have endured a winter of record cold and snow. In Haiti, the Caribbean sun continues to provide warm breezes with no snow in sight. Students at Les Bons Samaritans and James Stine College continue to work hard on their schoolwork with the technology you have helped to provide for them. This technology affords them the opportunity to learn 21st century skills and to be globally connected.
Recently our Palmyra-Haiti Science and Technology Project was one of the featured presentations at the Pennsylvania State Teachers Association’s (PSTA) annual convention in State College, PA. At the convention, our project was part of a workshop on how to build STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) collaborations with developing countries. In April, we will take this presentation on the road to the National Science Teachers Association’s annual convention in Boston.
Our Palmyra students have been promoting our project at district sports and music events during the past three months. Students staffed display booths at the events complete with video presentations and display items from past accomplishments of our project.
The Global Education Toolkit for Elementary Learners (link below) is the latest book from author Homa Sabet Tavangar (link below). In this newly released book, co-authored by Becky Mladic-Morales, Homa highlights our Palmyra-Haiti Science and Technology Project. Her book has been acclaimed by many, such as well known Harvard Educator, Tony Wagner. Our project is honored to be included in this exciting new book. Homa’s previous, highly successful book, Growing Up Global, has been acclaimed by Jane Goodall among other respected educators.
Every spring, GlobalGiving holds a matching funds day in which they will match a percentage of money donated to our project on that day. The matching day will be Wednesday, May 7th starting at 9:00 am EST. Please mark your calendar for this date and please share this opportunity with others.
Thank you for your continued support!
As we write this update, we cannot help but to be overwhelmed with gratitude at your support of the technology and science educational opportunities being provided to the students in Haiti. One piece of our exciting news is that on this #GivingTuesday, Microsoft YouthSpark is supporting our project with 100% Matching funds starting at noon today! Microsoft has $250,000 in matching funds, but shared among projects supporting children, it will go quickly. What an awesome opportunity to double our impact at our schools in Haiti!
Since our last update, staff and students at James Stine College have formed a committee of five to establish further opportunities for educational collaboratives with students in the US. We look forward to updating you on the educational connections that result!
Stateside, the Palmyra Haiti Technology Club has been busy organizing a load of soccer shirts donated by the CPYSC Soccer Club to be sent to Haiti. (The shirts are sure to be appreciated among all of the Haitian youth soccer fans!) Palmyra’s Haiti Technology Club has also been busy arranging opportunities at local school and community events to raise awareness of the beauty of the Haitian people and their educational successes and challenges.
In our trips to Haiti, we have seen first hand so many young people that have the desire, dedication and drive to make the most of their educational opportunities; so much so that classrooms have filled on Saturdays for study sessions and peer teaching. The students at James Stine College and the Good Samaritan School are deserving examples of Microsoft YouthSpark’s hope to close the divide between young people who have access, skills and opportunities to be successful and those who do not. Thank you for partnering with us close the divide for these deserving students!
Today’s noon 100% Match (up to $1,000 per donor) through the vision and generosity of Microsoft YouthSpark will go quickly! If you are interested in this unique opportunity to double your impact, please give your gift as close to noon as possible! (Donations may be designated as a ‘Gift’ or ‘In-Honor of’ for Christmas Giving) We and the students of the Good Samaritan and James Stine College thank you for your support!
It is hard to believe that another school year is in full swing here in the United States. In Haiti however, the school year has just recently begun.
On the Palmyra side of our project, one activity in the works is a spring trip to Washington, DC to visit the Haitian embassy and GlobalGiving. This visit will give our Palmyra students the experience of networking with government liaisons and a large-scale nonprofit organization.
On the Haiti side, this school year is one of exciting possibilities thanks to a productive 2012/2013 school year. Les Bons Smaritains is admitting the largest kindergarten class in their history. With the use of schools’ technology, these 101 kindergarteners will have amazing opportunities for learning and global collaboration in the near future.
Thanks to Intel’s IESC team visit last spring (GG Update # 21) the technology capabilities at our schools in St. Marc continue to grow. Consistent, reliable electricity and Internet connections challenge our project from time to time, but your continued support continues to help us make improvements to make our connectivity increasingly consistent.
An opportunity to stretch your contribution dollars is just around the corner. Please mark the date of Wednesday, October 23rd as the next GlobalGiving matching day. Starting at 9am (eastern time) all donations given that day will be matched by 30%. Please consider a contribution that morning.
Thanks for your continued support.
Dear Supporters, Our project continues to be blessed with good fortune thanks to your continued support. One such example was a spring visit by the Intel Education Service Corps (IESC). Intel Corporation selects high achieving employees to be part of this elite volunteer service corps and we would agree that they are the best of the best. To find out more about IESC, please check the link at the conclusion of this update. In preparation for IESC’s visit to Haiti, students from our Palmyra-Haiti Technology Project conducted a Skype interview of one of the IESC team members. Our Palmyra students had many good questions and IESC provided insightful answers and further inspired our students to continue their own service work to Haiti. Once on the ground in Haiti, the IESC worked at an intense pace. In the span of a week, they worked diligently to make significant improvements on the technology infrastructure of our schools and to conduct extensive student and teacher technology trainings. Here is a brief summary of some of what the Intel crew accomplished: • Serviced 50 of our laptops • Installed 23 software applications • Created lab number & inventory system • Trained librarian on Excel & created log file to manage books inventory • Conducted over 15 hours of training with 43 teachers (PC Basic, Introduction to Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Educational Software) • Developed Math based lesson plan & held first 2 math classes in computer lab • Inspired students and educators alike in Palmyra and Haiti! One of the highlights of the week was a combined Skype session between the students at the Palmyra Middle School and the students, staff and IESC crew at James Stine College in St. Marc. Students on both sides of the Skype session had prepared questions for each other and the IESC team. It was inspirational and a foreshadowing of more online collaborations to come in the future. The IESC team also provided us with a report of strengths and needs of the technology infrastructure at our schools. As in most developing countries, consistent and reliable Internet connectivity can be challenging and that continues to be an ongoing need. Your continued support helps maximize the yield of the fruits that were produced from the IESC’s amazing efforts. Together, we are making a difference in the lives of many! You can help us by sharing this update with others and by “liking” our Facebook project page at the link below this update. Thanks for your continued support and special heartfelt thanks to Intel!
Your support continues to bring us unique opportunities and good fortune for our project. This spring, those opportunities were plentiful.
In March, we were invited to share our project during our school district’s Palmyra Pride Showcase. Modeled after a craft fair venue, our project was well represented among many amazing displays. We even gave out free samples of Pikliz (spicy Haitian coleslaw) to share some of the culinary culture of Haiti.
In April, our project partnered with the Intel Education Service Corps (IESC) as they embarked on a visit to our schools in St. Marc, Haiti. IESC conducted trainings for students and teachers as well as provided many hours of volunteer service to provide technical support for our computer rooms at the schools. We were able to have Skype sessions with the Intel team prior to their trip and during their stay at James Stine College. We are extremely grateful for their generosity in giving of their time and talent to our project. More detailed information on the IESC visit will be presented in a future update. To find out more about IESC, please click the link at the end of this report.
As April drew to a close, our project was the keynote event at the annual Lebanon County Educational Honor Society (LCEHS) banquet. The theme for this year’s banquet was Educators Reaching Out to the World. We received a warm reception and generous contributions from banquet attendees.
May brought us the opportunity to have a Skype interview with Homa S. Tavangar. Homa is the author of the popular Random House Publishing book, Growing Up Global: Raising Children to be At Home in the World. Our students asked Homa a variety of interesting questions about her life and her upcoming book, The K-5 Global Education Toolkit. Our project will be one of the projects that Homa highlights in her upcoming book. More information about Homa and Growing Up Global can be found at the web link at the end of this report.
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Please mark down June 12th on your calendar and share the date with friends and family. June 12th is GlobalGiving’s next donation matching day. Donations may be matched by up to 50% starting at 9 am EDT that day only. Any sized tax-deductible contribution helps our project.
Thank you for your continued support!
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