Thursday, April 22, 2010

Oak Park District 97 is adopting an orphanage in Haiti

The Lincoln School Fifth Grade Tech Club will be communicating and collaborating on a project featuring video pals and pen pals from Haiti.

A group of Oak Park District 97 teachers
led by Karen Tokarz, the Multicultural Education Department and community members led by former District 97 teacher, Gale Liebman, are part of a collaborative effort committed to supporting and rebuilding the Horizon de L'espoir Orphanage in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti.

The orphanage was destroyed in the terrible earthquake earlier this year. Drs. Mildred Olivier and Serge Pierre-Louis, from Rush Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Hospital in Chicago have been working with Horizon de L’espoir to address the immediate needs of the children and are raising money for temporary housing for the children until the facilities can be rebuilt once the ground is stable.

Our Oak Park Haitian Initiative is enlisting faculty from each of the 10 District 97 schools to help raise funds for these Haitian children over the course of the next two years.

As a kick off to our efforts, there will be station at the 30th Annual Ethnic Festival sponsored by the Multicultural Education Department on Saturday, May 1st at Whittier School, where we will be accepting donations of new and gently used toys and clothing; sealed over the counter medication; and school supplies (see the list below).

Helping Haiti is also helping kids!

Newspaper Article in the Oak Leaves

Supply list:

Television and cd player with dvd and cassetttes

Small table and chairs

blackboard and chalk

Coloring book and crayons

Plastic storage boxes

Play dough

Puzzles and games

Paper and scissors for arts and crafts

Story books and informative books

Flash cards

Plastic cups, plates and silverware

Monetary donations will also be accepted. Checks should be made payable to: AMHE Foundation.


Dr. Serge Pierre-Louis with some of the children

Dr Olivier is the Haitian woman on the right, the director is in the middle, and the nurse is on the left.

Horizon de L'espoir Orphanage

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