District: Colquitt County Schools • Location: Colquitt County, GA
Leaders: Barbara Avery
Fifth Graders write essays in a nine-week program where they explore and discuss self-esteem, drug resistance and good citizenship. One student overcame motor skill challenges with Co:Writer.
Fifth graders at Colquitt County Schools, GA participate in a nine-week program called CHAMPS where they explore and discuss self-esteem, drug resistance and good citizenship with leaders from their National Sheriff’s Department. To graduate, they write essays about the program. Barbara Avery, the 5th grade teacher said,”One of my students, who is not in special education, struggled forever with poor penmanship due to motor skills challenges. She is far behind in class and it always takes her a long time to turn writing assignments in. When she does they are difficult for me to read and score. I put her on Co:Writer (word prediction software) to write her CHAMPS essay and WOW did she take off! She was thrilled that she actually wrote a whole paragraph and was so proud and so was I. Co:Writer will open many learning opportunities for her now and in the future. Thanks again for all your great support, products and ideas!”