GFJ Students Participate in Bridge to Haiti PowerPoint Exchange

Students from George F. Johnson Elementary School in Endicott have created something special for the students at the Don Bosco Ecole Informatique in Grande Saline, Haiti.  As part of an after school enrichment program, students at GFJ created many PowerPoint presentations to share with the computer students in Haiti. Each presentation was made by a GFJ student, and contains pictures and information about life in Endicott. The creative presentations cover topics like school, friends, upstate New York weather, games, sports, favorite snacks, pets and families.  Each presentation was translated into Haitian Creole by Pastor Mike WIllis from the Vestal United Methodist Church, so the Haitian students will receive them in English and their native language.  Thank you to Pastor Mike for working with the kids after school and for all of his translation work.

But the presentations are not the only things that the GFJ students are sending to Haiti. The GFJ Student Council, teacher and advisor Lynn Gilyard, and parents helped to make about 50 pouches that will be delivered to the computer students in Haiti in July.  Each pouch contains a colorful flash drive with a PowerPoint presentation loaded on it and a note saying “Here is a flash drive for you. Enjoy the PowerPoint. From, GFJ Student Council”.

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A few of the pouches created by the GFJ students. The flash drives look like animals and each contains a different presentation in English and Haitian Creole.

Because there are nearly 100 students in Grande Saline working on 15 computers, the GFJ students thought it might be nice for the Haitian students to have a place to save their work. They also thought that the drives would be the best way to send their work to Haiti.

The students in Grande Saline are also busy working on creating PowerPoint presentations to send back to the students at GFJ.  They are taking pictures for their presentations using digital cameras that were purchased by GFJ students last year and delivered by the 2015 Health for Haiti class. Thank you to all of the students for their time and excellent work and to the teachers in Endicott and in Grande Saline who have helped the students to create content to share with each other.

I am so impressed with what the GFJ students created, and I have no doubt that the students in Grande Saline will be thrilled to receive the presentations! Thank you GFJ!

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