Congratulations to students of the Alternative Centre Trenton (ACT), Trenton High School, for successfully meeting their goal to raise $9,000 to help rebuild a school in Vignier, Haiti.
Teacher Martha Lamoureux and educational assistant Heather Molenaar will be going to Haiti on a mission trip during March Break to visit the area and take much-needed supplies, including milk bag mats made by students in Trenton High’s Community Employment Program with teachers Mrs. Ellis and Ms.Ogden; student-made jewellery and terry-cloth toiletry bags, and sundresses made by Trenton High educational assistant Lee-ann Clark. They’ll also deliver letters written in French by Trenton High students addressed to Haiti students, along with postage-paid envelopes so the Haiti students can write back.
“The news spread to other schools and through the community, it’s certainly been a community and school-wide effort. The amount of compassion we’ve seen from students and the community is awesome," said Lamoureux.
Additional donations came in through a ripple effect. Foxboro Public School students donated $2,000, bringing the total raised to $11,000. The additional amount will provide funding to construct a second storey. As well, Grade 7 students from Queen Elizabeth Public School (Trenton) saved their coins, getting enough to purchase a calendar for their class and to sponsor a sundress.
Community members have also contributed toiletry items and funds which will be taken to purchase required items directly from the local economy.
Original article posted December 14, 2010
Connecting to the community—both local and abroad—can result in valuable learning and life experiences for youth. Students in the ACT (Alternative Centre Trenton) program at Trenton High School recently made connections they had never even thought about. They demonstrated caring, one of the school board character attributes, through the process.
Earlier this fall a guest speaker visited the class to talk about and show pictures of the devastation in Haiti as a result of the January 2010 earthquake. The students saw before and after pictures of a school in Vignier, Haiti. They decided that day to do something to help and make a difference. Through discussion and collaboration, they decided to create a wall calendar and sell it to raise funds to support rebuilding the school. The 2010 Haiti Calendar project was soon underway!
Community partner JB Print Solutions provided design and printing services free of charge. Students were involved in the graphic design phase and printing process. The 300 calendars printed are for sale for $30. All proceeds, $9,000 if all are sold, will be going directly to the Haiti school. Tax receipts are available by contacting teacher Martha Lamoureux at 613.392.6028.
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