1. Description of Our Community
Our community is a suburban area out on the east end of Long Island. We are surrounded by water including the Center Moriches inlet, Forge River, and the Smith Point Beach. Teachers and volunteers all work together to improve our community by teaching a literacy program. We bring together our knowledge and sincerity towards the immigrants that have moved into our area and local Long Islanders who have literary problems. Our community includes the towns of Center Moriches, Shirley, Mastic, and Mastic Beach. Our focal point is centered on the literacy program at the Mastic-Moriches-Shirley Community Library in our town. We have interviewed some people involved in the literacy program, and we urge you to take part in this worldwide dilemma. “Literacy problems start at home,” said Mrs. Donovan, a literacy coordinator, from the Mastic-Moriches-Shirley Community Library. Mrs. Donovan states that children are like sponges and will absorb the English language if spoken to and read to at home; therefore, they will do better in school and in life. Literacy programs are used to teach people how to speak, read, and write in English Our perspective starts with a dream and a dream can change the world. By being literate we can unite people. In the 1600’s being literate was being able to write your signature. Later on, a simple sentence was adequate to be able to read. Today adults need enough skills to raise children to be good students, to get a job, to ensure that their families are in good health, and to take part in their communities. If we all take part in helping people to read and write, we can change the world.
2. Summary of Our Project
Literacy plays a major factor in our daily lives; we see it when we drive, when we go shopping and even when some one applies for a job. It might be hard to believe but 14% of people who live in Suffolk County are functionally illiterate. Imagine living a daily life where you don’t understand a word or where you can’t read a sign? Wouldn’t you be frustrated and embarrassed? We want all people to be able to learn our language, to be able to read and write in English, and to be successful. Here at Our Lady Queen of Apostles School, our 7th grade class of seventeen students is going to try to improve this dilemma. We have traveled to our local library, MMS Community Library, we have done hours of research, and with minimal help from our teachers we have created a website informing the public of how we can help others feel truly at home in our magnificent country. It is finally time to bring this problem into the light!
3. Our Computer and Internet Access
A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:more than 50%
B. Number of workstations with Internet access in the classroom:more than 6
C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dedicated connection
D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:more than 6
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
Computers are old and sometimes didn't work. We could only work around class schedules and could not work after school because of bus transportation.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
We learned that more immigrants are moving into our community, and we need more literacy programs. We also learned how to get the word out through the use of the Internet and projects we did.
6. How did your activities and research for this Cyberfair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
The project covered NYS standards in ELA, Math, Art and Technology. We used reading and writing skills to research and write information for the website and the interviews. We also learned how to use Wix to create a web design, and we created graphs that helped us with our math skills. The math was used to figure the placement of objects. We used our own art to create our logo. By doing this project we found out more about our community through our local library. We realized our library has a lot to offer. We think this project helped us understand our community better and we were proud to spread the word about literacy needs.