Hope for Haiti is a G21 Project that was a collaborative effort between the Encore staff at Randolph Elementary School during the 2012-13 school year. The project was led by Art teacher, Cindy Edmonds. PE teacher, Mike Simons, Music teacher, Andrew Snead, and Library-Media Specialist, Susan Vaughan also contributed to this project.
The purposes of Hope for Haiti were to…
- educate students in grades 3-5 regarding the efforts being made to help Haiti after the earthquake
- establish a connection between our school and a school in Haiti
- contribute materials to give students in Haiti enrichment opportunities in fine arts and physical education
- share our love of art with students in Haiti
Cindy Edmonds and Ms. Jordanger shared their appreciation for the different types of art that are created in Haiti. They also presented a Keynote about the reasons why so many charities are involved with the people of Haiti. Cindy Edmonds then explained that the students in fourth grade would be creating a mural to send to St. Barnabus School.
Mike Simons shared his passion for sports and the love that Haitian people have for soccer. He said that the third grade students would focus their efforts on learning soccer skills and collecting soccer equipment to send to Haiti.
Andrew Snead was absent on Enrichment Day, but the fifth grade students learned that they would be raising funds to purchase new recorders to send to the children who attend St. Barnabus School in Haiti.
NOVEMBER 2012: Encore Classes
Students in Library classes researched and learned more about the author of the Hope for Haiti book and the relief efforts that continue to happen in that country. They used Google Earth to locate the country and its relation to Goochland, Virginia.
During the November book fair, Susan Vaughan collected spare change through Scholastic’s All for Books program. $100 was raised to help pay for shipping costs, materials, and other expenses related to our Hope for Haiti G21 project! Click here to read about the All for Books program on Susan Vaughan’s RES Library Learners blog.
Mike Simons hosted an “All-Star Soccer” event during the fall book fair’s family night. He collected new and used soccer balls, pumps, and equipment to send to St. Barnabus School in Haiti. Click here to read a post about this project from Mr. Simons’ Faster Higher Stronger blog.
In Art classes, 4th grade students submitted designs for the murals they wanted to create. Click here to see what Cindy Edmonds blogged about to get her students excited about this project.
DECEMBER 2012: Encore Classes
RES students in grades 3-5 brainstormed ideas about what to include in the book we would be creating to send to the students at St. Barnabus School in Haiti. They worked together to write information about things that we do in our school and why we appreciate Art, Music, and PE classes and experiences. This information was transferred into a Wordle creation and quotes for the book.
4th grade Art classes began the process of creating the mural. Cindy Edmonds posted updates about the students’ progress on her blog, The Sketchbook. Click here to see more of the amazing photographs she took!
Fifth grade students performed songs on the recorders in Music classes.
Third grade students learned soccer skills in PE classes.
JANUARY 2013: Encore Classes
The 4th grade students completed not one, but two murals to send to St. Barnabus School in Haiti!
MUSIC & LIBRARY
A fifth grade student’s GRIP project was focused on efforts to help Haiti. He spent time in the Library after school researching to learn about organizations like UNICEF to see if he could get information to create more awareness and set up a special fundraiser for our school. He spoke with Ms. Jordanger and then decided to assist Andrew Snead with writing technical instruction materials for students in Haiti to learn how to play the recorders that were being purchased for them with the funds from the book fair’s All For Books program.
FEBRUARY 2013: Encore Classes
Fifth grade students created an instructional guide for music reading and recorder performance. Students reflected on their experience as beginning recorder students, taking into account everything from how to hold the instrument to proper hand position. Students also worked to create music reading guides that could be language neutral, utilizing notation and simple explanations. Additionally, students composed music for the project.
FEBRUARY 2013: The First Delivery
Ms. Jordanger traveled to St. Barnabus School and delivered the art murals made by the 4th grade students. Click here to read a post on Cindy Edmonds blog to learn more about the project.
APRIL 2013: The Second Delivery
Ms. Jordanger returned to St. Barnabus School at the beginning of April. Final touches needed to be made on the second shipment of materials before her trip, so the Encore staff agreed to send the packages of soccer balls, recorders, and the book with her on her next visit to Haiti. This blog page will be updated with that information as soon as possible.