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Global Student Network Offers Scholarships for Homeschool Students Displaced by Hurricane Katrina

September 22, 2005 -- Since opening its doors, Global Student Network advocated and supported those parents and students who elect homeschooling as their education
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 preference. Now, due to the Hurricane Katrina’s wrath, many homeschoolers and traditionally educated children have been uprooted at the beginning of the school
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 year. As if that doesn’t do enough damage, many of these students will continue to have educational difficulties well into the future.

 “  We know that many of these students will have multiple transitions through the coming months, if not years, and our Virtual Curriculum can provide some consistency during those transition...  
“We at Global Student Network have been watching the events unfold over the past weeks, and it hangs heavy on our hearts. We wish our services could immediately help, and alleviate the suffering of so many families and children. Unfortunately, we don’t have the expertise, or the means to lessen the current suffering,” states Don Posson, Director of Operations for Global Student Network. “What we can do is to offer every student displaced by Katrina a substantial scholarship when they enroll in our Virtual Curriculum. We know that many of these students will have multiple transitions through the coming months, if not years, and our Virtual Curriculum can provide some consistency during those transitions. Hopefully our assistance and curriculum will provide some comfort to them through these difficult times.”

In addition to their scholarship offer to homeschool students, Global Student Network has offered the same scholarship to any school enrolling Katrina Survivors. “We’ve been working with schools to help them establish Virtual Academies to serve these students. It is our belief that these students need a strong continuity in their educational care. There’s likely to be some comfort if they can attend Virtual Classes using the same curriculum, wherever they happen to be, over the next several months.”

Dr. Dianna Weir advocates strongly for this continuity of educational care: “The most important thing communities can do at this time, is to return these students to some semblance of normalcy, especially when everything normal has been removed.”

Dr. Weir is a clinical psychologist with over 21 years working with children and adolescents. Additionally, she is a Team Leader for Nevada’s Mental Health Disaster Response Team.

“Over the next several months these students will be displaced frequently. These displacements not only contribute to severe disruptions in their educational continuity, but can also re-traumatize them after a period of stability. Using a Virtual Curriculum that links them to teachers, counselors and staff that they know, supported by the community resources where they are located at any given time is a very effective way to support these students as they heal from their traumatic wounds. An additional bonus for them, and the schools that Global Student Network will be working with in the effected states is that the quality of the curriculum itself, along with its delivery platform and accessibility, will ensure that no child effected by Katrina will be left behind.”

Obviously there will be a strain on most of the schools that are accepting students from the disaster area, putting a strain on their resources, and also their current students. Global Virtual Curriculum is a tool that can help these districts alleviate some of that strain, but more importantly, provide a framework of consistency for the students who have not only experienced a tremendous displacement and loss, but will continue to experience many more educational transitions during the coming months.

Posson pointed out that since Global Student Network began operations, they have focused on serving the students outside of traditional classrooms. Now, we’d like to help every effected student who doesn’t have a traditional classroom available. Global Student Network is providing a $300 scholarship for any student displaced by Hurricane Katrina

Posson also states that Global Student Network can get the curriculum in place, but that still leaves a hole. Two other major pieces are necessary, computers, and Internet access. Since the classrooms are virtual, the majority of the work they do will be online. Many of the students who have received this scholarship are using computers wherever they can. The curriculum will run on a very basic computer system. There’s no special software or hardware required at all. This is a very affordable solution for many families and schools.

In addition to offering scholarships to the effected students, Global Student Network is pledging $50 for each new enrollment to help survivors of Hurricane Katrina. “We want this contribution to directly support education
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 efforts for those most in need,” Posson said. This contribution will be made for every regularly priced enrollment for the remainder of 2005.

For more information on how to enroll with Global Student Network, or to join in this Educational Relief effort call (702) 265-7220 or (702) 300-1707. Visit Global Student Network at www.GlobalStudentNetwork.com


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