Thursday, December 17, 2015

Completed Haitian School Projecct will take you to a PDF of the completed project.  Note the community involvement in the work and the educational opportunities for both boys and girls!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Haitian School Project

The school you so generously helped fund is nearly built! The hard working people of Franchipagne have all but completed construction of the school in three months!

Erin runs all of the buildOn school chapters in the South and West in the US and so yay for being in Florida! She's going to provide the logistical support, guidance and leadership to get our three high schools up and running in the upcoming month.

I believe so much in the work of both buildOn and Give Something Back International and I have no doubt that this is the beginning of a partnership that will change lives both here and in Haiti.

Donate to Give Something Back International to further out work of 'education to change lives'.
GSBI is an NGO whose entire program is run by volunteers, so all funds go directly to fulfill our mission.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

GVC Winners Honored by School

Students at Kulachi Hansraj Model School in India, received awards from their school administrators. They are school Principal Ms. Sneh Verma; in the middle is school's manager Sh. R. Kumar and on the extreme right is school's chairman Shri Srideep Omcherry.

Working with Students from Walton Middle School in Virginia the students presented for the world a great website on "Sports and Recreation".  The website was awarded a second place in the Global Virtual Classroom Web Contest. Key to it's greatness, was not only the collaboration between the two schools, but their unique approach to the topic, stressing the value of personal participation.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Italian Students Honored

Students from Rome were honored by their school. Liceo Giulio Cesare, for their winning sites created during the Global Virtual Classroom Web Contest.  Year 1 students received an Award of Merit for their work on the site "Military Families". [Read PDF] Years 2, 3, and 4 students won a Gold Award for their "Rhyme and Rhythm" site.  [Read PDF] With encouragement from teacher Maria Pia Genovese, these students not only collaborated with students in other countries, but also within their own school since they were from different classes.

Announcement from the school can be read here: in the original Italian, or accessed from this PDF translated into English which mentions their Silver Award from the previous year's contest.

Friday, May 1, 2015

GVC Web Contest Winners Announced

May 1, 2015 – The Give Something Back International Foundation (GSBI) has announced the winners of the 2014/2015 Global Virtual Classroom Contest (GVC) -- a free online collaborative learning project that fosters creativity, cross cultural understanding, helping others and teaches IT and website design skills amongst students working together from around the world.

Sponsored by GSBI, the GVC program provides an opportunity for primary and secondary school students from different countries to work with and learn from students in other countries, as they collaboratively design a website on a topic of their choosing. A panel of international judges evaluates the final work and determines the winners. Read the entire Press Release here.

All winners are posted on the Global Virtual Classroom website:

Registration for the 2015-16 Contest opens June 1.  Design period is between October 1 and March 31.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Andrew Ezzell and JoAnn Patrick-Ezzell

Andrew Ezzell and JoAnn Patrick-Ezzell are co-founders of the Give Something Back International Foundation (GSBI) and both serve on the GSBI Board. Through their enduring efforts, GSBI provides life changing, quality education and assistance to children, young adults, and teachers around the world that have had a lasting impact on their lives and families. The overarching mission of GSBI is “Education to Change Lives”. GSBI directly funds and supports the K-12 education of disadvantaged children around the world. They have provided support for children whose families do not have the financial means to support their education. Since their founding, they have sponsored over 1200 children in Thailand, Vietnam, Haiti, and Afghanistan. Their efforts have also resulted in the construction of many new classrooms and libraries in poor rural areas of Thailand. Planning is underway to build a school in Haiti.The flagship program of GSBI is the Global Virtual Classroom (GVC), which is a collection of free, online educational activities and resources. The GVC vision is to empower, enable, and connect students around the world using Internet technology. It includes an International Clubhouse, Web Design Contest, Resources, Lessons and Global Participation. The annual website design contest is a multii-national team learning experience that teaches students cross-cultural understanding, collaboration, giving back to others, and practical job skills in website design and IT skills. Approximately 35,000 students from 62 countries around the world have participated in GVC programs over the past 12 years.The One World Award recognizes the broad international scope and wide ranging philanthropic activities of Andrew Ezzell and JoAnn Patrick-Ezzell through their Give Something Back International Foundation.

Sarasota Sister Cities One World Award

Friday, February 20, 2015

GSBI foundation's beginnings

Andrew Ezzell, founder of GSBI was featured in the St. Meinrad Alumni Association newsletter. Read more about him and the dream of giving back.