• bby at UWA reaches out to tornado victims

    Posted: February 21, 2012

    Author: Gena Robbins

    In the predawn hours of Monday, Jan. 23, tornadoes swept through central Alabama leaving Center Point Elementary school, just northeast of Birmingham severely damaged.

    To meet the individual needs of teachers impacted by the tornadoes at Center Point Elementary, the Adopt-a-Classroom Program was organized by Ron Boone, a social worker for Center Point/ Erwin schools. The program pairs organizations, businesses, and individuals who wish to help with specific classrooms.

    To help, bby Publications at the University of West Alabama is participating in the program by adopting the classroom of a Pamela Poole, a kindergarten teacher who has worked with bby Publications consultants over the years. This teacher lost all of her possessions in the storm, which included many bby Publications at UWA products. Since the storm, bby has made arrangements to replace Poole's lost bby products, and is asking for assistance in raising the funds to replace the remainder of her lost items.

    bby Publications at UWA, housed as part of the Division of Educational Outreach, provides math professional development and supplemental math materials to grades K-5.

    “Our teachers and students give so much back to us when we are working with schools,” said Tina Jones, dean of the Division. “When we learned that Center Point Elementary had been hit, we wanted to help so that those teachers and students involved could return to a normal learning environment as quickly as possible.”

    Professional Development Coordinator Chasity Taylor said, “While conducting workshops across the country, bby consultants have been sharing the Center Point story. As a result, classroom supplies have already begun to arrive.”

    Last week, the students and teachers of Mesa Elementary School in Clovis, NM, filled a van with supplies ranging from scissors to bulletin board materials to classroom library books.

    “We are pleased with everyone’s generosity,” Taylor said. “Our goal is to raise $1,500 for Ms. Poole’s class to replace the learning centers that were lost during the tornado.”

    For information about how to assist this teacher and Center Point Elementary School, please contact Taylor at 205-652-5495. Checks should be made payable to Educational Outreach at UWA and can be mailed to UWA Station 45 Livingston, AL 35470. Donations will be accepted through March 9.
     
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