Information About Our Site
Link to our CyberFair 2000 Entry
Date of Project: 2000
School: Southampton Middle School
City: Courtland, Virginia
Teachers or Classes:
Mrs. L. Laeger and Mrs. S. Benson
How many students worked on this project? 15
Their ages were: 11-14
Project Contact Email: email@example.com
School Home page: SMS
We entered our Web site in CyberFair Category: Category #3- Business
and Community Organizations
Description of "Our Community"
Southampton County is a rural community steeped in history.
Southampton County was founded in 1759. In 1831, Nat Turner's Rebellion
took place which some believe may have hastened the Civil War. During the
Civil War, two of Southampton County's residents became generals, William
Mahone and George Thomas. Several rivers are named after Indian tribes
who once inhabited this area. Southampton County today is still largely
agricultural with crops such as cotton, tobacco, and corn. There are five
elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school. Franklin is
located at the west end of Southampton County and is the main town.
Summary of Our Project
Franklin and Southampton County were devastated by Hurricane Floyd
in September. Our site is a timeline of that event and a community's
effort to rebuild.
Our Internet Access
Access is provided by a T-1 line using Macs.
Problems: Finding time during the school day
is always a major problem for schools without study halls. Our server
ran slow at times; our pictures had too many kb's on the page; plus, several
of our computers froze at the wrong time but like our community we persevered.
Our Project Sound Bite
The devastation of Hurricane Floyd led us to know that the human
spirit cannot be conquered unless you allow it to be. Never give up is
our community's standard.
This section explains how our project addressed the project elements
found in the CyberFair Assignment to Schools.
1) How did your activities and research for this International School
CyberFair project support your required course work and curriculum requirements?
The state of Virginia recently initiated the Standards of Learning
(SOL) curriculum. One of the components of the SOL's is technology,
and the use of web pages is included in this curriculum. This
2000 cyberfair project met this state requirement. As well as many
others. Virginia State SOL's completed included the following : communicating
through networks and telecommunication, basic understanding of computer
processing, storing, retrieval and transmission technologies, a practical
appreciation of the relevant advantages and disadvantages of various processing,
storage and retrieval/transmission technologies, as well as, the ability
to actually process, store, retrieve and transmit electronic information.
2) What information tools and technologies did you use to complete
your CyberFair project?
3) In what ways did you act as "ambassadors" and spokespersons for your
CyberFair project both on-line and in person.
computer software -Claris Home Page, Netscape Navigator, Adobe Photoshop
pictures donated by Cindy and Will Cotton, Julia and Matt Bradshaw
, Renee and Brittany Pope, Sherita Jarrett, Jane Stephenson, and Sandra
Everyone wanted to look at our web page. It made them feel
special to see Southampton County on the web. Everyone was so helpful
as we told them about our Cyberfair project. After seeing our project,
everyone wanted to share the web address with everyone else. Within our
school home page is a cyberfair link to our project and many site visitors
have commented on our flood site.
4) What has been the impact of your project on your community?
The project has helped the community know more about the disaster
and cleanup. We feel that our project
is one of importance to all of the people who were involved in the
flood. People can print this out as a keepsake of the flood.
We also think we stressed how our community worked hard to rebuild and
become better than ever. The project showed how important it is for a community
to work together for the common good.
5) How did your project involve other members of your community as
helpers and volunteers?
Many members of our community donated pictures to be used with this
project. Our interviewees were most kind to give us time in their
busy schedule with the rebuilding that they have to do. We used an article
from the International Paper magazine and from the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Everyone had a story to tell.
6) Surprises, discoveries.....
One of the hardest discoveries was seeing how devastated our
county was by this hurricane. So many of our friends and neighbors lost
so much but the most wonderful surprise was the tenacity of everyone and
the togetherness. We live in a great community.
Now , on to our 2000 cyberfair entry:
Southampton --the flood of the century