From December 7-11, 2016, ten RPVCs (Karmie Johnson, Julie Thach, Joanna Farrell, Stephanie Bergado, Tatiana Nieuwenhuys, Kirsten Strawn,
Kathy Angus, Amy Hutson Badham, James Clark and Laurel Hitchcock) completed our 14th World Map in Alabama. The newest map is located at Norwood Elementary School in Birmingham and was painted with the help of students from the 4th and 5th grade classes. Many thanks to Principal Daniel, the teachers and all the students who helped make this map possible.
During the summer of 2015, RPVCs Karmie Johnson and Amy Badham along with a small group of family and friends traveled down to Camden, AL to begin the 2015 GBRPCV’s annual Peace Corps Map project. That first day, they drew the outline of the world map in a common area of an after-school program facility. On June 5, older students participated in the painting of the map. Approximately 30 middle and high school age students participated in the completion of the map. An additional 150 K-12 students participated in geography and writing lessons using the map directly. It provides an continuous educational and decorative touch to the facility that houses BAMA Kids, an effective after-school and summer program that meets the needs of at-risk youth in the Black Belt region of Alabama. The project was such a great success, that the administrator of the facility requested United States and Alabama maps as well.