Teacher Academy I and II students from the Jackson County Technology Center created a service learning project for domestic abuse shelter, Adrienne’s House, in Pascagoula.
The project came into action after students learned about behavioral theorists, and the empathy grew larger when a student’s high school teacher lost her mother to domestic abuse. Gena Heffner, teacher academy instructor, emphasizes how their studies in teacher academy is what initiated the conversation of the project.
“After studying some of the behavior theorists in our Human Growth and Development unit, they recognized how basic needs must be met before a student can truly learn. Safety was a specific part that caught their attention,” said Gena Heffner.
They began using promotional tools such as posters and brochures to create awareness around the school and to collect supplies for the victims. The students were able to collect over 100 purses filled with personal hygiene items and were able to send a truck load of personal hygiene items and undergarments for children of all ages.
Adrienne’s House is the secondary domestic violence shelter of the Gulf Coast Women's Center for Nonviolence. The shelter was named in memory of Adrienne Klasky, a lifelong resident of Pascagoula who was killed by her ex-husband in 1989. The shelter opened in October 2011 and serves as safe place for individuals and families in the Jackson and George County communities who are escaping domestic violence.