Sending Hope to Haiti

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High school students in Jewell Fitzgerald’s French II class have formed new friendships with children in Haiti as part of Project Haiti. The initiative, orchestrated by art teacher Jill Forie, puts students in touch with children in a small orphanage in the village of Montrouis, Haiti.

“I helped start the organization Project House of Hope in Haiti about a year and a half ago,” said Forie. “This year, Ms. Fitzgerald and I decided to do a service-learning project in which Carle Place students were partnered with a child from the orphanage. Our students were provided with funding to purchase clothing and a toy for their Haitian partner, which I personally delivered during my most recent trip to the village.” The Carle Place students also sent letters, written in French, and a DVD slideshow of photos in their care packages.

“Since starting this project, my colleagues and the students in Carle Place have been extremely generous and helpful,” said Forie. “The children at the House of Hope are now enrolled in school, have multiple outfits to wear and, most importantly, are provided with fresh food and water every day. I know that having friends in Carle Place means the world to them. ”

“I have never seen my students so excited to be a part of something,” said Fitzgerald. “This is something that we will absolutely continue to do.”