ECSU faculty partner with Rotary members on international outreach project
Kesha Williams October 15, 2008
Faculty from Elizabeth City State University's School of Education and Psychology
are headed to the Dominican Republic on an international education mission. They will
donate school uniforms and school supplies to students attending Julio Arzeno School
in Sousa, Dominican Republic. Their international outreach project, "Adopt-A-School
International Dominican Republic Outreach Project" will benefit approximately 600
Four ECSU faculty will travel with eight students, Viking Fellows, to make the donations
and to participate in hands-on science and math activities. ECSU faculty includes
Dr. Saundra S. Copeland, chair of the ECSU Department of Education and co-chair of
this outreach project; Mr. George Cox, of the ECSU Department of Education, Dr. Jose
S. Gil, a Spanish interpreter from the ECSU Department of Language, Literature and
Communication; Mrs. Claudia Twiford, from ECSU Department of Education and the co-chair
of this outreach project. Viking Fellows are students who major in education and are
expected to complete a community service project. This international outreach project
stemmed from ECSU's combined observance of American Education Week and International
Week last year. This group will depart October 17. It is the second time ECSU faculty
members have traveled to the Dominican Republic. Last year, Dr. Copeland said the
faculty delivered some school supplies but identified additional needs for the Sousa
"On our visit to the Dominican Republic last year, we saw Sousa elementary students
who didn't have books, paper, pencils, chalk, a playground or playground equipment.
They were so grateful for the supplies we delivered." Dr. Copeland said. "Those are
things we take for granted but they need them as the essential tools of learning.
Sousa children can't attend school without uniforms but their parents can't afford
them or the school supplies. We know the children will have a better self esteem
now that they have the supplies for school."
In order to meet the additional needs, ECSU faculty members collaborated with Sousa
school administrators, the mayor of Sousa, and four Outer Banks Rotary clubs to meet
two objectives. Currituck Wild Goose Rotary, the Rotary of Kitty Hawk, First Flight
Rotary and the North Banks Rotary, are partnering with the Rotary of Sousa to donate
funds to create a playground for Sousa youths. The Rotary Clubs will also donate $1,250
to the ECSU Foundation for school uniforms and school supplies. The ECSU Foundation
will manage funds from the Rotary Clubs and other contributors to purchase the school
uniforms and school supplies. Those contributors included churches, assorted civic
clubs, area residents, businesses and individuals at ECSU.
A member from the Rotary of Kitty Hawk, Gail Hodges, will accompany ECSU faculty and
students to Sousa, Dominican Republic to present $6,000 to the Rotary Club of Sousa
for the installation of the playground. The Rotary Club of Sousa will be responsible
for the playground construction.
The fundraising project continues. To make a donation to the Adopt-A-School International
Dominican Republic Outreach Project, contact the ECSU Foundation, 335-3603 or mail
a check made payable to the ECSU Foundation. Make sure the subject line of your check
states: Adopt-A-School International Dominican Republic Outreach Project. Mail checks
to ECSU Foundation, P.O. Box 1467, Elizabeth City, N.C. 27906.
ECSU faculty partner with Rotary members for the Adopt-A-School International Outreach
Dominican Republic Project.
Seated left to right: ECSU Chancellor Willie Gilchrist, Mrs. Claudia Twiford, of the
ECSU Department of Education, Dr. Saundra Copeland, chair of the ECSU Education Department.
Standing left to right Gail Hodges, of the Rotary of Kitty Hawk; John Hughes of North
Banks Rotary, Russ Ley, of the first Flight Rotary, Mike Painter of Currituck Wild