Hurricane Katrina Children's Learning Center
Pass Christian, Mississippi
Following the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the generosity of the Pearson Foundation allowed The Community College Foundation to bring the eBus resource to the affected area of Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. Serving the Waveland and Bay St. Louis School District, the eBus served as an integral component of a temporary “tent school” established at a former athletic complex. Pearson colleagues and other volunteer groups from across the country established a four-part curriculum offering access to computer technology, arts and crafts, physical education and reading.
Pass Christian, Mississippi endured such extensive damage that only one school was left standing. Grades k-12 found themselves attending school together under one roof at Delisle Elementary School. Pearson Digital Learning volunteers worked with school technology staff to provide elementary school children and special education children with access to technology and specialized instruction on Pearson’s reading literacy software. Pearson colleagues from across the country volunteered service on the eBus to ensure that adequate support was provided to Delisle Elementary School in this time of devastation.
On any given day, it was common to see children laughing or singing the alphabet as they progressed through the digital curriculum. Children who visited the eBus were also able to access the onboard library of Penguin books. Given the presence of the eBus onsite throughout the Holiday season, both Pearson volunteers and The Community College Foundation staff partook in Halloween, Thanksgiving and Winter Season festivities.
We are pleased to announce that the eBus served over 150 students each day while located at Delisle Elementary School in Pass Christian, MS.
The Community College Foundation would like to extend its appreciation to the Pearson Foundation for their generosity in funding an eBus to provide services to children and schools in Pass Christian, Mississippi from October-December 2005.
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Tuesday, December 26, 2006