At the Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation, scholarships are not the only programs running. This time, it is the CKSF’s internet safety program, and the winning schools have been determined.
The USA-SOS (Safe Online Surfing) internet safety program was originally created and given at Nova Southeastern University, by a partnership between the Fischler School of Education and CKSF. To this date, over 4,000 students have participated. This is the programs 9th year, and it is still going strong, with about 200 students registering every month. USA-SOS is a free program that teaches students about the dangers of the internet, while still keeping things fun. Students are introduced to topics like privacy, passwords, and “netiquette” through scavenger hunts that keep the learning experience interesting and exciting. Quizzes are given before and after the hunts, with the school’s team score calculated from the top 20 students’ post-quiz score.
This semester there were six winning schools, chosen out of all of the schools across the country, each from grade levels 3rd through 8th.
The following schools held the highest team scores:
3rd Grade: Creekside Elementary School in Spearfish, SD
4th Grade: Nohl Canyon Elementary School in Anaheim, CA
5th Grade: Glenwood Intermediate School in Canton, OH
6th Grade: Scullen Middle School in Naperville, IL
7th Grade: Cerro Villa Middle School in Villa Park, CA
8th Grade: Herbert A. Ammons Middle School in Miami, FL
Congratulations to all of the winning schools, who received a national trophy, and to all of the students who participated. CKSF has again successfully helped students across the country learn about internet safety while still making the learning experience fun and captivating.