Christina Campbell, of the PPG industrial coatings plant in Mount Vernon, Illinois, visits students in Charlotte Everetts third-grade class at New Hope Elementary School in nearby Fairfield to present a $1,000 PPG Foundation check.
Its great to be able to help New Hope Elementary School increase student interest and participation in life and earth sciences through this grant, Campbell said.
The Duke COEP staff have used geographic information system (GIS) technology in a number of applications to address this question, including a May 2004 assessment of the indoor air environment at nearby New Hope Elementary School.
For years, students and staff in the Orange County school system (of which New Hope Elementary is a part) had complained of respiratory problems as well as general discomfort with fluctuating indoor temperatures and a sense that the air in the school buildings was unhealthy.
In the case of New Hope Elementary, the GIS map let concerned parents, teachers, school administrators, and education policy makers see a visual representation of the spatial distribution of airflow irregularities and mold spores throughout the school.