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Making an Impact

Making an Impact

Books for Haiti Poster Display In late February, the Northland CAPS (Center for Advanced Professional Studies) Teacher Academy hosted a showcase of this year's teacher cohort's authentic business partner projects and experiences within their classrooms. Thirty projects were presented from teachers throughout the Northland, including six projects from PCR-3 teachers.


At the end of the evening, three awards were presented (Most Innovative, Impact Award, and Best Business Partnership), and the project presented by our own Cheryl Ferraro, Hanna Gibson, Chris Hayes, and Sharon Montgomery from Compass, Pathfinder, and Siegrist Elementaries, was awarded the Impact Award. Through their collaborative project, fourth and fifth graders met with partners at Project HOPE to learn about the education system in Haiti and the lack of resources in their schools, then wrote stores that were translated by PCHS French students in Alyssa Smith's class. Next, Platte River Distributors donated and shipped the storybooks to Haiti, where Project HOPE delivered them to rural students.


Project leaders shared, "One thing our students learned through this process was an appreciation for the school buildings, resources, and amenities that we are afforded. We also discussed how languages are similar as we matched our English and French stories."


Other 2018-19 PCR-3 Northland CAPS Teacher Academy participants included: Whitney Edman, PCMS; Tobee Ford-Nelson, PCHS; Laura Hoefling and Kim Rosele, PCMS; Curtis Nower, PCMS: and Cathryn Poe, PCMS.