International Schools CyberFair 2000
Project Narrative

Southampton/Franklin and the Flood


Information About Our Site

  1. Link to our CyberFair 2000  Entry


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  3. Date of Project: 2000
  4. School: Southampton Middle School

  5. District: Southampton
    City: Courtland, Virginia
  6. Teachers or Classes:

  7. Mrs. L. Laeger and Mrs. S. Benson
  8. How many students worked on this project? 15
  9. Their ages were: 11-14
  10. Project Contact Email: sbenson@pen.k12.va.us
  11. School Home page:  SMS Home page

Project Overview

  1. We entered our Web site in CyberFair Category: Category #3- Business and Community Organizations

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  3. Description of "Our Community"

  4. 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.
  5. Summary of Our Project

  6. 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.
  7. Our Internet Access

  8. Access is provided by a T-1 line using Macs.
  9. 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.
  10. Our Project Sound Bite

  11. 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.

Project Elements

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.
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:

Franklin/ Southampton --the flood of the century