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Peasley students take on problem of social isolation

Students in DeDe Driver’s class at Peasley Middle School are getting some attention for their efforts in a recent project based learning (PBL) assignment.

Driver based her PBL topic on a program called “Start With Hello Week” that was started after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting tragedy as a way to stop social isolation.

Driver challenged her students to promote a “Start With Hello Week” at Peasley as an effort to help educate students and staff about social isolation. This resulted in posters, bookmarks, cafeteria table top signs and several other creative ideas from the students.  Looking for examples for an upcoming piece on the PBL approach to instruction, WHRO TV, the Public Broadcasting Station for Hampton Roads, got in touch with Gloucester County Public Schools and eventually with Driver and another Peasley teacher.

Driver said the WHRO filmmakers visited Peasley this month and spent about 30 minutes interviewing her and teacher ...

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