As winter turns to spring there is a tangible enthusiasm in the air among our Palmyra-Haiti Project members. An excitement invigorated our group when we got the picture of sweet, smiling Carl who we are sponsoring at the newly opened Pre-School in Haiti.
Then in January, the Palmyra Area School District Teachers and Staff had a fundraiser for our project that raised $1,094.00! Their support and generosity will go far in providing much appreciated technology to be used by the teachers and students at our schools in Haiti.
Our project members have done a great job conducting audio interviews to learn more about local leaders and raise awareness about the unique opportunity our connection with Haiti has in minimizing the digital divide. The first four published interviews are with Pennsylvania State Representative, Mauree Gingrich of the 101st Legislative District, singer & Songwriter Olivia Farabaugh, Mr. Rob Corcoran, Assistant Principal of Palmyra Middle School, and Mr Daniel Cotchen, Palmyra World Geography Teacher. More interviews are on the way! Watch for them on our Facebook Page. (See link below) We appreciate our interviewees and the guidance of Tim Lambert, of WITF, who instructed our wiki team this fall in learning the elements of creating effective audio interviews.
We have also been blessed with the enthusiastic reception our project has received in recent opportunities to present our experiences in working with our partner schools in Haiti. The latest being the New Jersey Association of Middle Level Educators Conference in Newark this month which is the 4th presentation request that our project has had this school year.
And most enthusiastic of all is Arcerneau, an alumnus of Les Bons Samaritains, who is a champion of the good work being done at our schools in Haiti! Arcerneau has been busy in Haiti, posting happenings at our schools on Instagram (PalmyraHaiti) and Twitter @PalmyraHaiti. In a March SKYPE session with our wiki crew, Arcerneau reaffirmed the impact of your support when he said, “Technology provides a great, great future for the children of Haiti!”
Please consider posting and sharing the special giving opportunity that will occur for our project on GlobalGiving on Wednesday, March 16th from 9:00am EDT to midnight when all donations to our project will be matched by GlobalGiving at a Pro-Rated Percent. This is a wonderful opportunity that we enthusiastically endorse to provide more assistance for the students in Haiti.
We cannot end our theme of enthusiasm without thoughts of the enthusiastic, hardworking students in Haiti. The smiles on their faces say it all. Thank you for your support.
This holiday season, we delight in the joy of Carl. Our Palmyra students hoped to sponsor a student from one of our partner schools in St. Marc, Haiti. Students conducted a fundraising campaign that involved selling coupon books. The fruit of our students fundraising labor is the sponsorship of Carl! Carl is a kindergartener enrolled at Les Bons Samaritians School in St. Marc. Carl has brought a great deal of joy to us all and smiles to all whom have seen his picture. We look forward to having a long-standing relationship with Carl and to watch him grow and learn through the technology that this project has helped to provide for him and his peers.
Please consider a 2015, tax-deductible; year-end contribution to help provide the technology that Carl and his peers will require to become educated global citizens in a connected world.
We wish you all the joys that this season brings. We hope that the pictures of Carl and our Palmyra students in this report lift you up in the spirit of the season. We wish you a happy and prosperous New Year and thank you all for your continued support.
As we near the end of another year, we are thankful for the many educational opportunities your support has provided. We are thankful for Acerneau, an alumnus of Les Bons Samaritains in St. Marc, who is helping with our wiki project in Haiti and provided the picture heading this report.
We are thankful for the opportunity to share our unique project with others. We have presented our project at a recent Bill and Melinda Gates sponsored education conference in New Jersey. We also presented to a local Lions Club and will be presenting to an educational technology conference in Lancaster, PA. A copy of our presentation can be found in the links below.
We are thankful for the support of local media personalities through the years. WJTL’s Lisa Landis, WTPA’s Ed Coffee, and recently WITF’s Tim Lambert have given their time and talent to help mentor our students and help them promote our project. You can find out more about Tim Lambert’s work with our project in the link’s below.
Our Palmyra students have recently held a fundraising project selling coupon books in the hopes of raising enough money to sponsor a student at our partner school in Haiti, Les Bons Samaritans. Sponsoring a student makes our connection with our schools in Haiti even more meaningful.
If you are looking for an opportunity to make a lasting impact in joyful and industrious student’s lives, please consider a donation to our project for yourself or a loved one on #GivingTuesday (Tuesday, December 1, 2015) or throughout the holiday season. Sharing the word about the good being accomplished at our sister schools in Haiti are also so appreciated.
Wishing you many moments of joy and thankfulness this holiday season,
p.s. GlobalGiving now offers the opportunity to purchase tribute cards as holiday gifts for your loved ones. Tribute cards allow you to give directly to our project, while also sending a note to let your loved one know that they have inspired a charitable donation during this season of giving. These notes can be sent via email, printed at home, or mailed directly to the recipient.