Home Richmond Press Releases 2010 Lakeview Elementary School Wins National FBI-SOS Internet Challenge

Lakeview Elementary School Wins National FBI-SOS Internet Challenge
5th Graders Are the Nation’s Best in October

FBI Richmond November 18, 2010
  • Media Coordinator/COS Dennette Rybiski (804) 261-1044

Lakeview Elementary School in Colonial Heights, Virginia has earned the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Safe On-Line Surfing (FBI-SOS) Internet Challenge 5th grade national championship for the month of October. The students posted the best score in the country amongst 5th graders to claim the highly-coveted national award.

As FBI-SOS Internet Challenge national champions for October, the students at Lakeview Elementary School will receive the FBI-SOS National Trophy and a visit from the FBI. The official award ceremony will take place at 1:30p.m., November 22nd at Lakeview Elementary School located at 401 Taswell Avenue, Colonial Heights, VA.

Under the guidance of Library Media Specialist, Gayle F. Miller, the group of 5th graders produced the top cumulative results on the FBI-SOS Internet Challenge post-quiz, which is the internet safety program developed and administered by the FBI and the Fischler School of Education and Human Services at Nova Southeastern University.

The monthly program, which runs each school year from September through May, is a FREE educational program that delivers critical Internet safety information in a fun, competitive format to students in grades three (3) through eight (8) with a separate monthly challenge for each grade level. The program is open to public and private schools and is designed to meet state and federal internet safety mandates. The goal of the program is to provide students with knowledge about how to avoid dangerous situations on the internet, specifically internet predators. Each month students from registered schools take an on-line pre-quiz, learning about internet safety in the scavenger hunt and then take an on-line post-quiz. At the end of each month, six trophies (one for each grade level) are awarded to the schools with the highest scoring students on the FBI-SOS post-quiz.

To date, approximately 77,000 students in 41 states have participated in the FBI-SOS Internet Challenge. September FBI-SOS statistics: 898 5th grade students representing 18 schools across 10 states participated and competed for the 5th grade trophy. A total of 46 students from Lakeview Elementary School participated in the program.