During the winter semester break, 16 students in the Rollins College Conference course "Conquering the Digital Divide" spent a week putting theory into practice through service-learning experiences in the Abaco Islands (Bahamas). Rollins faculty, staff and students partnered with the Every Child Counts School (ECC) and Friends of the Environment in projects that made a sustainable and meaningful impact on the lives of hundred of children and teachers in Abaco. Coordinators of the field study included Carrie Shultz, Director of Technology Support, Ed Huffman, Manager of Classroom & Instructional Technology, and Dr. Scott Hewit, Associate Professor of Education. Additional staff volunteered their time to help with the project.
The ECC School provides an alternative education for children with learning, developmental or physical disabilities (regardless of financial, family or social restraints), helping students become a productive, successful and independent citizens of the Island. Many of the children enrolled at ECC come from economically under served communities in the Bahamas, some traveling over an hour by boat to get to school everyday.
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