Students enrolled in the Introduction to Education and Elementary Reading classes traveled to New Orleans during spring break week to participate in a service project benefitting children affected by Hurricane Katrina. The purpose of the experience was to offer tutoring assistance to middle-school students attending Sophie B. Wright Charter School in preparation for their state testing.

While in New Orleans, Fairmont State students spent their days either working one-on-one with students needing intensive help or leading small-group instruction with those middle-schoolers who were better prepared. In the evenings, the college students toured the devastated areas of New Orleans and took in the sights and sounds of the French Quarter. On the last day of Fairmont State's visit, the teachers at Sophie B. Wright hosted a New Orleans crawfish, shrimp, and potato feast during which the college students learned the fine art of popping arthropods' heads off.

Thanks to donations from numerous people and organizations, the students' trip to New Orleans was free.

Fairmont State Student Participants: Monica Arbogast, Emmy Champ, Crystal Conner, Ashley D'Aurora, Kala Eddy, Samantha Huffman, Erin McDaniel, Kristin McMillan, Katrina Oswalt, Aaron Richmond, Amanda Savage, and Amy VanCamp

Adult Participants: Dr. Nancy McClure and husband, Jeff; Dr. Sharon Smith and husband, Kevin
Katrina Photos

Amy V. Drvar, LGSW
Director of Career Development
Civic Engagement Coordinator
Turley Student Services Center, Room 222
Phone: (304) 367-4644
Fax: (304) 367-4406

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