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Cedar Lee Middle School reaches out to Haiti

Thursday, Oct. 23 | By Fauquier Times Staff
Cedar Lee math specialist Kaity Grimley while visiting Haiti.
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The National Junior Honor Society at Cedar Lee Middle School decided to support those far and near when they sponsored a “Hope for Haiti” event combined with a “Trojan Spirit Event” after school on Oct. 8.

The NJHS invited fellow students to stay after school and support Cedar Lee’s girls’ soccer and boys’ baseball teams (Cedar Lee mascot is The Trojan) as they competed against Marshall Middle School, all the while raising money for the community of Fort Liberté in Haiti. Students paid $3 to join the party, eat pizza, cheer for their home teams, and raise additional funds by purchasing concessions during the games.

Cedar Lee math specialist Kaity Grimley, first visited Fort Liberté as a middle school student – when she was in eighth grade – and felt that middle school students would want to make a difference once they learned about the need in Haiti. With the help of Mary Keith Russell and Maggie Doyle, teacher sponsors of the NJHS, the student group coordinated a very successful event. “Our students will have an amazing impact on the community of Fort Liberté, Haiti,” she said, citing some sobering statistics about Haiti:

 78 percent of Haitian families live on less than $2 a day
 50 percent of Haitians do not have access to clean water
 $10 can feed a classroom of 30 students lunch for a week in Haiti
 1 in 3 girls over the age of 6 cannot attend school in Haiti due to poverty and high tuition rates

More than 100 students participated in the Hope for Haiti/Trojan Spirit Event, through which Cedar Lee students and staff raised over $500 for Friends of Fort Liberté, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving Haiti.

Noting that the amount of money raised by Cedar Lee can provide lunch for 50 Haitian classes of 30 students each for a week, Ms. Grimley wrote in a note of thanks following the fund raiser, “I am blown away by the encouragement and support that the CLMS community has shown towards the Hope for Haiti fundraiser. Each and every one of you deserves a huge ‘Mesi Anpil’ (‘thank you’ in Haitian Creole)!”

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