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Students Organize ‘Help Haiti’ Fundraiser to Aid Hurricane Relief Efforts

Mary of Nazareth School is living out its mission to serve God and neighbor through a student-led ‘Help Haiti’ campaign. The campaign, spearheaded by eighth grade student, Stevie Orsini, aims to support Haitian relief efforts following the devastation of Hurricane Matthew. The students raised more than $2,500 to help Haitian relief efforts.

Orsini and his peers, with the help of school administrators, mobilized to designate Wednesday, Oct. 19 as an “out-of-uniform day” for all students making donations to the ‘Help Haiti’ campaign. The suggested donation amount was set at $2.00 for each child, with all participants encouraged to donate at least $1.00 of their own money.

Adding creativity to social concern, students designed a plan to use their “out-of-uniform” privileges to recreate the Haitian flag as a display of solidarity. Students in prekindergarten and 1st grades wore white shirts, kindergarten-4th grades wore red shirts, and 5th-8th grades wore blue shirts. The entire student body assembled on Wednesday morning outside of the school’s athletic building, the Katie Fitzgerald Center, and created a living image of the Haitian flag.

Student participation reached every classroom, raising $2,600 in total. Funds will be used to benefit the Haitian mission churches of two of the school’s sponsoring parishes: St. Joseph of Carcasse (mission church of St. Mary’s Parish and Shrine, Barnesville) and Our Lady of the Visitation Gonaives (mission church of Our Lady of the Visitation Parish, Darnestown).

Additionally, a portion of the proceeds will be used to purchase book bags and school supplies for ten Haitian children at Christmas through Life Connection Mission, an organization dedicated to bringing hope and opportunities to Haitian children and adults.

Photo courtesy Mary of Nazareth School