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New Bible App from Museum of the Bible Captures the Imagination of By The Hand Club for Kids in Chicago

Published: Jun 3, 2017

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Children in Four of Chicago’s Most Under-resourced Neighborhoods Use Innovative App to Study History, Narrative and Impact of the Bible.

WASHINGTON, May 30, 2017— A new, innovative and interactive app designed to bring the Bible’s history, narrative and impact to life has captured the attention of a group of sixth to eighth grade children who attend By The Hand Club For Kids in four of Chicago’s most under-resourced neighborhoods.

Since September, students have been glued to their tablets after school but instead of playing games, they have been studying the new Bible curriculum from Museum of the Bible.

Museum of the Bible is an innovative, global, educational institution with a mission to invite all people to engage with the Bible. When the Museum in Washington, D.C. opens this November, it aims to be the most technologically advanced museum in the world.

Museum of the Bible developed a cutting-edge, interactive curriculum based on the history, narrative and impact of the Bible that students access on tablets and computers. By The Hand, which has five centers in Cabrini-Green, Austin, Englewood and Altgeld-Gardens neighborhoods in Chicago, was the first inner-city program to pilot the curriculum.

When you’re in a room with students and teachers fully engaged with our Bible curriculum, you can hear the excitement in their voices and see their faces light up. It was truly a joy to see the impact on these amazing students,” said Executive Director of Education Initiatives Dr. Jerry Pattengale.

I learned a lot about King David in the Bible,” said Darius Richmond, an eighth-grader. “It really helped me to see myself differently – we have similar struggles.

 “Even Bible heroes have flaws and became great so I’m confident I can be great, too,” said Azariah Baker, a sixth-grader.

The students’ hard study culminated the first week in May when 40 children faced off in a Bible Bowl, a Q&A team competition with the winners getting a trip to Washington, D.C. and a tour of Museum of the Bible.  Joshay Chalmers, 8th grade, Daniel Patton, 7th grade, Eric Henley, 6th grade, Demarcus Dennison, 7th grade, Kenterious Samson, 6th grade, Kaitlin Kelly, 8th grade, students from the By The Hand Club For Kids Altgeld-Gardens site were the winners.

We are very excited to partner with Museum of the Bible, which has provided this very relevant and engaging curriculum,” said By The Hand Founder and Executive Director Donnita Travis. “Getting to know the Bible gives us tremendous insight into history as well as providing answers to life’s most challenging issues.”

The Chicago pilot was the perfect place to showcase Museum of the Bible’s innovative new curriculum due to the consummate professionalism of By The Hand staff and teachers, their genuine concern for student learning and development, and the students themselves who welcomed us and embraced our technology and subject matter,” Dr. Pattengale added.


About By The Hand Club For Kids

By The Hand Club For Kids is a nonprofit, after-school program that serves nearly 1,300 elementary and secondary children. The club provides tutoring in school subjects emphasizing reading and math, medical assistance, counseling, nutritious meals, spiritual guidance, safe transportation and much more.

For more information about By The Hand, contact Susannah Yount at (312) 550-3737 or

About Museum of the Bible

Museum of the Bible is an innovative, global, educational institution whose purpose is to invite all people to engage with the Bible. In 2017, Museum of the Bible, which aims to be the most technologically advanced museum in the world, will open its 430,000-square-foot nonprofit museum just three blocks from the Capitol in Washington, D.C. A digital fly-through of the Museum is viewable here. A 360-degree hardhat tour of the museum is available here.

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