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GFJ Bridge to Haiti work continues

GFJ Bridge to Haiti work continues

George F. Johnson Student Council members and those who attend the school’s ASEP class, “Bridge to Haiti,” recently created more than 40 power point presentations to share with children in Haiti.

The students met eight times after school creating materials to teach children in Grand Celine, Haiti about Endicott and the GFJ school community. Topics ranged from family vacations, to sports, favorite subjects, and even movies.

Pastor Mike Willis of United Methodist Church acted as the group’s translator and gave guidance to topic choices. He shared pictures and his experiences traveling to/ from Haiti himself, about four times a year. The group even called Pastor Willis’ 14 year-old god son, Davidson, in Haiti to talk about a typical day of school.

Bridge to Haiti is a unique collaboration between SUNY Broome’s Health for Haiti global service learning course and Bridging the Digital Divide (BDDP, http://bddp.org/). BDDP, a collaborative SUNY Broome and Binghamton University effort, has nearly twenty community partners with the common goal of increasing access to and training in information technology. It is run by Dr. Musa at Broome, who will be passing along the work done by GFJ students when she visits Haiti in July.

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