1. Description of Our Community
Cannelton is a small and very historical town located on the banks of the Ohio River in southern Indiana. It has a rich heritage which dates back to 1837 with the founding of the American Cannel Coal Company. It now has about 2000 residents, many of whom have lived here all of their lives. Cannelton has seen many hardships and many triumphs throughout the years yet it is still going strong. Cannelton residents want to keep our town alive and prosperous, as well as preserve its heritage.
2. Summary of Our Project
Our project, Furry Friends of Perry County, was created in order to help promote the adoption of homeless pets in Perry County. We also hope that it will make people from all over the world more aware of the plight of homeless animals, and motivate them to get involved in any way they can to help these animals and/or help organizations such as animal shelters, animal sanctuaries, and other animal rescue facilities to find loving homes for animals in need.
3. Our Computer and Internet Access
A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:21-50%
B. Number of workstations with Internet access in the classroom:4-6
C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dedicated connection
D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:more than 6
E. Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional):
At our school we have a T1 line to the Internet. In our classroom we have five computers connected to the Internet. We have had internet access at our school for eight years now. About 50% of our students have Internet access at home.
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
We only encountered a few problems while working on this project. The main problem was keeping up with the animals at the shelter. There is a high turn-over of animals there. This was really a good problem though, because it was because animals were being adopted, at a fairly high rate. :-) Sadly, there were always new animals coming in as well. So, we had to make sure to keep updating the dog and cat lists. Another problem was when we all ended up getting the flu at nearly the same time. The illnesses, and also two snow storms, took about two weeks off of our work time. We managed to finish our project in time though by working together and helping each other with all aspects of it.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
Furry Friends of Perry County, to us, is very important because it makes people everywhere aware of the plight of homeless animals. Homeless pets are a problem all over the world, and we are hoping that our website will give people a realization about this problem and will motivate them to adopt a homeless pet when they want to have a furry friend in their lives.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
Curriculum standards in civics (Social Studies) are addressed in this project. We learned that we can make a difference in the lives of homeless animals by taking an active role in finding them new homes, helping them to get spayed or neutered, and helping to fund their care at the shelter. We worked cooperatively, researching about the shelter and animals and interviewing the staff members of the shelter. We organized the information we found on their site in an easy to understand and comprehensive way. Service learning is an important way to learn and this project gave us the opportunity to help our community, and give other communities strategies, so that homeless animals can be adopted. Creating the website itself met our language arts standards and also gave us skills in working with word processing, webpage building, researching on the Internet, photograph editing, and allowed us to use creativity skills in design. All of these are lifelong skills that will help us in future. We discovered that young people can make a difference in the lives of others, including the lives of our furry friends! :-)