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June, 2011:

June Update

LKM collaborators, bonjou! It is always with joy in our hearts that we share some of the activities we have done over the past month.


Since the beginning of May we have been planning lots of things in order to present the best MAY 18th FLAG DAY CELEBRATION ever. All the teachers engaged in beautifying the campus and organizing class presentations. The whole school community paraded up and down the street and then entered the large circle to start our program. In years past several schools would organize parades, but this year we were the only school in these mountains celebrating, so we had many, many guests. Some were singing enthusiastically. All classes were involved, providing theater, songs, and poems.

In MUSIC students are working on songs for a CD. Preschool through third grade students were learning poetry and songs for Mother’s Day.

The elementary students have become more interested in the library. The librarian feels it is because they are enjoying the illustrated fables. The students are even more motivated to write Mother Tongue Books because they are so happy hear that people are interested in reading their work.

New Roof

The BOOKSTORE has a roof! Construction is almost finished.

We are in our 5th month of Michel DeGraff’s pilot on using computer math games in Creole with our 4th grade class. Teachers have been working with Cuisenaire rods so Michel brought us Cuisenaire rod computer games.


Chris Low in behalf of the MCLC staff.



Chris Low, Matènwa Community School in Haiti, Cambridge Peace and Justice Award Recipient

The 2011 Cambridge Peace and Justice Awards: Building Bridges, Creating Community
Sunday, June 12, 2011 • 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. • YWCA Cambridge

The Cambridge Peace Commission is excited to announce the recipients of this year’s Peace and Justice Awards – honoring an amazing set of individuals and groups for their contributions to peacemaking in our city – to be presented on Sunday, June 12, 2011 from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the YWCA Cambridge, 7 Temple Pl. in Central Square, Cambridge.

Individuals Awards:
• Holly Aldrich, Center for Homicide Bereavement
• Chris Low, Matènwa Community School in Haiti
• Eva Moseley, Massachusetts Peace Action
• Carolyn Turk, Cambridge Public Schools

To Be Awarded Posthumously:
• Sion Chambers, Margaret Fuller House

Group Award:
• Ms. Caitlin O’Donnell and the Students of First Grade Classroom 108, Fletcher Maynard Academy

In addition to the presentation of awards, the event includes an address by long-time community activist and professor Dr. Marian Darlington Hope, and live music performed by the World Jazz Ensemble of the Cambridge Rindge & Latin School.

This year’s theme is “Building Bridges, Creating Community.” We are honoring people of all ages who have worked for peace and social justice in a variety of ways and on a range of issues – from the very local to the global. All of the recipients have worked for peace and have built bridges between and among communities – people reaching across perceived divides of neighborhood, ethnicity, gender, race and class.

To help defray the costs of the event, the suggested donation is $10 for adults and $5 for children. To RSVP send an email to or make checks payable to “Cambridge Peace Commission” and mail to: Cambridge Peace Commission, 51 Inman St., Cambridge, MA 02139.

Since 1995, the Cambridge Peace Commission has honored individuals and groups in Cambridge who have worked for peace and justice. Out of more than 25 nominations received this year, the Peace Commission selected five individuals and one group representing the breadth and depth of efforts for peace and justice in our city – from the local to the global – in families, schools, congregations, and neighborhoods.

For more information, contact Brian Corr at or 617.349.4694.