Combined efforts raise more than $1000 for Matènwa School Earthquake Relief Fund
Tobin teacher and artist, Betsy Damian, raised more than $800 dollars raffling off three of her watercolor paintings to members of the Tobin community.
The Student Council is working together with the staff to raise funds. Students have placed a penny jar in each classroom. Students are making donations daily.
Henna for Haiti: Ahna and Jasifa delighted staff members with “Henna For Haiti”. They collected more than $100.00 while making beautiful henna designs on donaters hands and arms.
Bicycle for Haiti: Hannah, an eighth grade student, will be heading back to Germany after spending 6 months studying at the
Tobin. Hannah sold her bike and donated $100.00 to the Matènwa Earthquake Relief efforts.
Puerto Rico: Schools for Schools Program
January 15, 2009
“Schools for Schools” is a Puerto Rico-based public awareness, educational and fundraising campaign designed and developed to teach students about the rights of every child and to foster active participation in defending and securing these rights.
The service-learning program has multiple goals and incorporates character education, human rights education, ethics, social justice and leadership. It teaches students, and teachers alike, how to examine and clarify their value system, helps to shape their beliefs, and shows them a way to advocate and to become activists in shaping their future world. In this two-way learning experience students form a partnership and use resources to define and achieve specific projects. Students from Puerto Rico learn about the realities of living in extreme poverty and experience a sense of empowerment in providing funds for education and community development. Students at the Matènwa Community Learning Center share this sense of empowerment by teaching their visitors about daily rural life, experiencing a meaningful education, and sharing a collective vision that students everywhere have opportunities to change their future and their community.
Eco-cultural tourism to Matènwa offers students and adult visitors a first hand look at life in Haiti and enrich this partnership. Teacher exchanges help teachers on both sides improve their professional and personal skills and opens new pathways to solutions for global challenges.
Much of the financial support for MCLC comes from donations from students, faculty and families. The Puerto Rico Schools for Schools program was the first to develop a relationship with Matènwa. The program now includes 16 schools whose deep and sustained commitment to this two-way learning experience have brought enormous benefit to all participants. Participating schools of Puerto Rico include: St. John’s School, Commonwealth High School, Parkville School, Robinson School, St. John’s Episcopal School, St. Mary’s, The TASIS School, Baldwin School, Caribbean School, Colegio Puertorriqueña de Niñas, Humpty Dumpty, Colegio Piaget, Sunny Summer Camp, Hodgkins Elementary School, Albright College, and Garrison Forrest.
We invite your school to become part of this dynamic program. For more information contact Anna Grimaldi Colomer.
Belmont Day School (Belmont, MA)
The Fayerweather School (Cambridge, MA)
The Fayerweather School (MA) is committed to teacher exchanges with MCLC. Fayerweather librarian Connie Biewald (center) and Dorla White-Simpson were hosted at the Matènwa Community Learning Center in February 2008. In September 2008 two Matènwa teachers, Millienne Angervil and Benaja Antoine, were welcomed at Fayerweather as they began their 6 week teacher visit.
John M. Tobin School (Cambridge, MA)
Students at the Tobin School donated funds from their SMALL CHANGE FOR BIG GAINS program to the Matènwa Community Learning Center.
Lynchburg College (VA)
Lynchburg College students Hike for Haiti