WEAREGREENBAY.com:Students at De Pere Middle School need your help to win a national competition.
They have created the concept for an app that could curb bullying and reward kids for helping out.
“We had like 5 good ideas but we were still looking for that one great idea so we decided to do the Pass It On app” explains student Annika kennerhed.
The app idea allows students to report bullying or good deeds with a few simple clicks.
“Really as a middle school it is time for them to take accountability for their own actions, but compliment and reward others for what they are doing” says Heather Wright, Computer Literacy Teacher for De Pere Middle School.
Students say the app is a great way to report without being labeled a tattle tale. “If someone overheard you talking to an adult or whatever they would think you are a bad person, you tell on everyone” says student Amelia Sment.
The Pass It On app was created by a team of seven De Pere Middle School students. They submitted it to the Verizon innovative app challenge.
“Best in state got us $5.000 for stem to be used at the school. Each kid got a Verizon 10 tablet, so they were mostly excited about that” Wright explains.
After winning best in region, the students are now competing against schools across the nation to become the fan favorite. Sment says “I was really overwhelmed because I did not know we would get this far”.
Green Bay Press-Gazette: Andrew Ferron doesn’t pick up a pencil or boot up a computer for most of his school day. Rather, he grabs a torch and puts on a welding helmet.
The West De Pere High School senior is one of 11 students enrolled in an apprenticeship program launched this school year, called the Trades Career Academy, offered by the West De Pere and De Pere school districts for kids who are interested in a skilled trade after graduation. The students spend two hours in “school” and the remainder of their day working in one of six De Pere businesses, doing machining, welding, engineering or other similar duties.
“I like working with my hands,” said Ferron, who works at Robinson Metal in De Pere. “I get to do a little bit of everything.”
School administrators throughout the state see the benefit of finding a high school fit for students such as Ferron, who do not plan to attend a four-year college but will need training for their future jobs in trades. And businesses, in need of qualified workers, increasingly are willing to partner with schools to prepare students. The Green Bay Area Chamber also coordinates the youth apprenticeship programs. Students earn high school credit and a paycheck as part of the deal, and some will be hired by the companies they work for full-time after high school. Others may use the experience as stepping stone to a technical college associate or certificate program.