Students from Lanier Middle School (Houston, Texas, USA) graciously contributed their original writings for this project's screen saver. The dedicated teachers at Lanier Middle School, in particular Ms. Tracy Thibodeaux, Mr. Michael Giroir, and Principal Julia Dimmitt, helped direct this writing project. The student writings complement the humanitarian focus of this research project, the mission of World Community Grid, and the philosophy of Lanier Middle School.
The unedited student writings serve as part of this project's screen saver and are sent to thousands of participating computers around the world. This type of screen saver is appealing for several reasons; it increases student awareness of global computer technology and biomedical science by involving them in an advanced biomedical research project. It also encourages student interest in science, technology, writing, and world issues. Finally, it empowers students to proactively search for solutions to their concerns and spread humanitarian goodwill.
Sidney Lanier Middle School is one of the premier public schools within the Houston Independent School District. Its dedicated teachers instruct truly remarkable students in grades 6 through 8, and support both neighborhood students and an extensive Vanguard gifted/talented program that draws students from throughout Houston.
The student writings reflect the opinions of an individual student, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions, mission, or beliefs of the organizations and people involved in this project or World Community Grid.