Haitian Relief Awareness and Fundraising Campaign for the Victims of Hurricane Matthew Is a Success
Eleventh grader Stanley Antoine was worried about the situation in his native land, Haiti, after Hurricane Matthew struck on October 4, 2106. He decided it was important to do something for the people suffering in the aftermath of the hurricane. He approached the school’s administration with an idea and was given the green light to carry it out.
Stanley then approached Marble Hill Cares/Breaking Borders, which is Marble Hill School’s service oriented student group, and enlisted the help of its core members. The students did research on Haiti, the unresolved needs in Haiti, and about Partners In Health, the organization chosen to receive the donated funds the students hoped to raise.
The students prepared and held an awareness campaign and fund raising drive from November 16 to November 23. They visited advisory classrooms to inform the school community about the situation in Haiti, and distributed an information brochure to parents. Students and parents were encouraged to donate $1.00 to show their support for the plight of the Haitian people. In all, students, parents, teachers and other staff donated to the drive, and the students received a “dress down” day as reward for their humanitarian effort. A total of $1,043.00 were raised and sent to Partners In Health along with a letter indicating that the funds are for the work Partners In Health is doing in Haiti.