Delivering for Good: Hands-on Learning for Students During COVID-19 Shutdowns

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Northampton, MA --News Direct-- FedEx Corporation

Ari and Jo show off their Smithsonian Learning Guides
Ari and Jo show off their Smithsonian Learning Guides

As a result of COVID-19, many schools across the U.S. switched to digital learning, which amplified the inequities already present in the education system.

The Smithsonian stepped up to help address potential gaps in learning - and to help kids have fun at the same time. They created the Smithsonian Summer Road Trip, a print activity guide with 40 pages of no-tech activities in STEM, history, and the arts for K-8 learners.

Once the guide was created, the Smithsonian contacted FedEx for help figuring out a distribution strategy.

Dr. Monique M. Chism, Under Secretary for Education at the Smithsonian said, “The distribution support from FedEx helps the Smithsonian reach students and families across the nation, where they are. As we celebrate our 175th year, a milestone moment, the need for alternatives to hightech learning is evident. This gift provides a chance for us to reflect on our mission and mandate and innovate how we move beyond the walls of our museums to serve people everywhere.”

FedEx shipped 90,000 copies of the Summer Road Trip activity guide in August, including 4,000 copies distributed to learners with the greatest need in Shelby County Schools in Memphis, Tennessee.

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