W.Va. School Chosen as a National Hope Bear School

April 19, 2011

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Harrison County elementary school has been selected as a Hope Bear School by the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum, 16 years after the tragic bombing. Lumberport Elementary is the first in West Virginia to achieve the national recognition. 
The program recognizes schools that effectively incorporate the story of the Oklahoma bombing into social studies projects and other lessons using the traveling Hope Trunk. The trunk contains artifacts, visual materials, literature books and classroom exercises that involve character lessons, regular math, geography, reading, literature and writing exercises to educate students about senselessness violence and the need for peaceful means to solve differences.
“This program not only teaches character education but also emphasizes the use of technology and other 21st century learning skills,” said West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Jorea Marple. “Responsibility, respect and ethical behavior are as important in today’s global economy as math and science skills.”
Fourth and fifth grade students have been invited to do first person interviews via Skype on May 17 and 18. Students will have the opportunity to interview someone who may have been a responder or rescue worker, survivor, or creator of the memorial and museum. 
Schools recognized as Hope Bear Schools are given a Hope Bear and receive a certificate of formal proclamation from the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum. Lumberport Elementary School is listed on the memorial’s website as an official Hope Bear School and as a partner with the memorial. Lumberport students also plan to raise money to plant a Survivor Tree seedling in front of their new school now under construction.   
“I believe the Hope Trunk has left a lasting impression on our students,” said Lumberport Social Studies Teacher Patti Haught. “It has proven to be an excellent teaching tool.”
Contact the Office of Communications at (304) 558-2699 for more information.
--The West Virginia Board of Education and the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) are committed to ensuring all students in the state are college and career ready when they graduate from a public school. What West Virginia students are learning in school exceeds national and international standards. Through the WVDE’s 21st century learning plan called Global21: Students deserve it. The world demands it.,” West Virginia is seeing better student performance on the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST2); the SAT and the ACT college entrance exams; the job skills assessment called Work Keys given to career and technical education students; and in a high school graduation rate that exceeds the national average. 

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