"The Geographic Literacy Study results suggest that young people in the United States...
are unprepared for an increasingly global future."
- Conclusion from a 2006 Geographic Literacy Study
Geography literacy in the United States is one of the lowest in the world.
In our global society this is not just a problem, but a recipe for failure.
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Most people are convinced that Geography is simply the memorization of names of places and cities. This could not be farther from the truth.

Geography is learning about places and the people that live there, their customs, language, ways of lives, needs and dreams, etc.

Unfortunately, almost half of the world population (now close to 7 billion people) lives on US$2 or less a day. How does this affect us, living our lives in our safe, middle class neighborhoods? What are the reasons for this disparity and what can be done to alleviate it?

In answering these questions, our goal is to share our love and knowledge of Geography with you and by doing so, stir your interest into getting involved and doing something for those less fortunate. We also want to show how Geography goes hand-in-hand with other disciplines and how so many daily activities that we often take for granted are affected in one way or another by a branch of Geography.

In the summer of 2012, we co-founded the www.geographyolympiad.com

We also give interactive geography presentations to schools led by Isabella, a young teen, who has competed in Geography Competitions at the State (2010 and 2011 Geographic Bee Colorado State Champion) and National levels (top 20 in 2010 and 11th in 2011) since 4th grade, along with her father and coach.
Isabella is also the 2012 Colorado History Bee Champion (a competition open to both Middle School and High School students). Presentations can be tailored for faith based schools.


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Here is what people who have watched our presentation have to say about it:

"This assembly is fun for all ages. It includes activities designed to make the important topic of geography come alive." Cindy Stevenson - Superintendent of Jefferson County Public Schools - Colorado -

“Isabella and her dad do a great job getting kids excited about geography! Their presentation is fun, engaging, and uses a good mix of music, video, and technology. My class really enjoyed interacting with Isabella throughout the assembly. Isabella's confidence and expertise on the subject is inspiring to students of all ages.” Jason Austin – 4th Grade Teacher, Red Rocks Elementary.

Please take some time to browse through our website, give us your feedback and, finally, visit our family blog at: http://smeeko.blogspot.com