Nov 19th, 2010
LAKE WALES – At a time of year when some students are starting to think about presents for themselves, students at Janie Howard Wilson Elementary are worried about the children in Haiti.
JHW students have collected hundreds of items – both practical and fun – for children in Haiti, who are still struggling with challenges from a devastating earthquake nearly a year ago.
“Our students collected items such as soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, washcloths, and shampoo. They also brought in small toys like coloring books, crayons, jump ropes and jacks, and school supplies like notebooks, paper and pencils,” said Sharon Kochanowski, a fourth grade teacher who helped with the project.
The items will be shipped and distributed, along with notes from JHW students, to a Haiti contact that the school has. One of the school’s teachers has family members working in Haiti to rebuild homes.
One of the donated notebooks was inscribed with a student’s note, that said, in part: “To a kid in Haiti … you need this more than I do.”
“This is what we wanted our children to experience. The joy of giving to others,” said one of the teachers.
PHOTO #1: Showing off some of the supplies they have collected for Haiti’s children are (l-r) Marquarius Brown, Warner University student Jenna Waters, Benjamin Martinez and Ariana Acevedo.