Seven-year-old Reedy Hines (center), son of Biology Laboratory coordinator Danny Hines and Director of Admissions Charity Reedy Hines, gives student Christina Pullen a donation of $315 for books and supplies for her classes at Gallaudet, where she enrolled after evacuating New Orleans, La. Pullen was about to begin the semester at a culinary arts program in New Orleans when she was faced with the destruction of Hurricane Katrina and forced to leave. Previously accepted to Gallaudet in 2004, Pullen was allowed to enroll at the University for the fall semester. Reedy enlisted the help of his aunt and three cousins to raise funds for disaster relief. The weekend after the hurricane hit the Gulf Coast, he and his cousins stationed themselves outside the Galesville, Md., post office and sold tomatoes grown by his great-grandmother, raising a total of $865. The balance of the funds will go to the American Red Cross. Reedy is pictured above with his aunt, Carol Sue Sherbert.
Dr. Barbara White, a professor in the Social Work Department, provided the opportunity for six graduate students to travel to Antigua, Guatemala, August 11 to 21 to learn first-hand about social welfare, education, and health conditions in the country. The focus of the experience included learning about Guatemalan Sign Language, social-economic structure, health care and services, education (including deaf and hard of hearing), and collaboration/partnering with the national association for deaf people of Guatemala. Through Gallaudet’s Academic Technology Department, the group brought six donated laptop computers for Comité Pro Ciegos y Sordos, an organization that oversees seven schools for deaf students. The laptops will be used to teach word processing and Internet skills to deaf children. The group was accompanied by interpreters Tony Barraza and Gerardo Castillo, who are proficient in English, Spanish, and ASL. Pictured are (from left): back row—Eileen Hayes, Dr. Tashi Bradford (Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures), Barraza, Kris Eaton, White, Cynthia Ammerman (MSW graduate and consultant), Janna Stevens, Castillo; front row—Kate Sachs, Christine Ross, and Jan Jensen.