Students aid school library in Haiti

Parkway students buy valentine bags for Kids With A Purpose fund-raiser to help a school in Cap Haitien, Haiti. From left, Max Feenstra, Dylan Kronengold, James Cosby, Danielle Braver, and Emily Weinstein.

Parkway students buy valentine bags for Kids With A Purpose fund-raiser to help a school in Cap Haitien, Haiti. From left, Max Feenstra, Dylan Kronengold, James Cosby, Danielle Braver, and Emily Weinstein.

Parkway School’s Kids With A Purpose has been working for a second year to raise money toward a new library for school children at Open Door School in Cap Haitien, Haiti.

The program is called Hands to Hands, and falls under the parent organization Hands up for Haiti. The organization works to bring sustainable medical care to Cap Haitien.

This year’s Valentine Gift Bag fund-raiser raised $470, which has already been delivered to the school by the medical team from Hands up for Haiti.

The proceeds will go toward the ongoing construction of its library, as well as supplying the library with books for students.

Kids With A Purpose students have not only bonded with the students from Open Door School by becoming pen pals in letter writing, but in learning about the students’ lives in Haiti. The Haitian students write their letters in English or have them translated from Creole.

This allows the Kids With A Purpose students to read touching letters from their new friends, and reply to the many questions they have.

The letters are then taken to Haiti by the medical team led by Jill Ratner, president and co-founder of Hands up for Haiti, where they make frequent medical missions to Open Door.

“It is such an eye-opening experience for Parkway’s fifth graders to see the differences in their culture from that of the students at Open Door School,” said Kids With A Purpose volunteer, Jennifer Weinstein. “But fundamentally, school and family are very important to all of the students at Parkway and Open Door. It is amazing that the students have the opportunity to share those similarities with one another in letter writing.”

Kids With A Purpose has been raising money through charitable school-wide fund-raisers for others in need for more than seven years.

Parkway students have guided the school on its mission — kids helping kids — choosing the organization they wish to help by voting and achieving a handful of fund-raisers throughout each school year.

The group is led by parent volunteers Limor Pompa, Jennifer Feenstra, Jennifer Weinstein and fifth grade teacher, Kate Frey.

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