Joint Chets Creek Church and University of North Florida School of Computing Mission to Haiti
On 4 May five UNF computer science students and one faculty
member left the US to visit the Christian Light School (CLS) in Port-au-Prince,
The vision was to replace an
existing computer lab with new, modern laptop computers loaded with a large
number of educational applications in support of CLS’s mission in teaching
pre-K through grade 13 students.
(left to right)
Spence Southard, Brittany Dinneen, Adrienne Gotwalt, Dr. Bob Roggio, Dishi Shrivastava, and Aaron Wagner
For several months prior to this departure the UNF students
had designed and implemented a computer-based application to support a wide
variety of subjects taught at the CLS.
Applications were divided into Kids, Teens, and Teacher categories. Kids ranged from pre-K through grade 6; Teens
ranged from grade 7 through grade 12, and Teachers included Microsoft Office
2013, applications on computers, and the many applications regarding the Kids
For Kids, major topics included: art, alphabet, numbers, phonics, and rhymes,
health and safety, reading and writing, storybooks, math, English, science, and
For Teens, major topics included math, science, and general
knowledge such as algebra, geometry, probability, botany, anatomy, chemistry,
and physics, and considerable general
knowledge such as geology, history, biology, and more.
The Teachers category has instructional modules on Word,
Excel, Power Point, and Activity Sheets (composite of what is found in the
individual Kids and Teens categories).
Teaching teachers was a major thrust of our efforts, and
thus introduction and exercises in Microsoft Office Word and Excel were very
important. Teaching specific classes of
students to familiarize them with the capabilities of these machines was also
undertaken by the team.
I am delighted to relay that the team of five students
performed nothing short of fantastically. Bright, energetic, and
dedicated to installing and enhancing what was ultimately built here and
installed and delivered in Haiti, this team of young men and woman are to be
commended for their fine, professional work. They represented UNF so very
well! I suspect it was a life changing experience as several had not left
the shores of this country. Their efforts will have a long-lasting impact
on the students at Christian Light School.
Financially, the Roggio/Burgess Life Group within Chets
Creek Church raised about an equal dollar amount as the two offices at
UNF. UNF funds paid for student travel,
accommodations, prescriptions and passports as well as travel / safety
insurance; Chet’s funds paid for fourteen computers and a host of peripherals
such as speakers, and lab support (chairs, projectors, fans, and more. UNF was able to secure Microsoft Office 2013
via a not-for-profit effort spearheaded by tech support personal within the
School of Computing at UNF.
This shows what can be done when a great church with a
world-wide mission couples resources with an outstanding public university for
the good of others! Nice partnership!!