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Valencia High School students raise money to build home for Haiti family

Posted: January 29, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: January 29, 2013 2:00 a.m.

The Sanon family, in Mouillage Fouquet, Haiti stand in front of their new home built from funds raised by students in Greg Hayes' Valencia High School government class. Students raised $3,732 from a variety of fundraising efforts. (Courtesy Food for the Poor)

Students in the fall semester of Greg Hayes’ Valencia High School government class recently were able to “see” the fruits of their fundraising efforts when the Sanon family in Haiti posed in front of the simple brick home they received courtesy of the students.

Each semester seniors in Valencia High’s government class taught by Hayes are required to raise money for a charitable project.

This past semester the students raised money to build a home for a poor family in Haiti.

Hayes said the students had to come up with a fundraising project, individually or by working in groups, to fund the donation.

Through the international aid organization Food for the Poor, $3,732 built the family a brick house with sanitation, food for a year, clothing, school supplies and a start-up business so the family can be self-sustaining.

“This is the sixth house we’ve raised money for,” Hayes said.

The home was dedicated in the memory of Victoria Soto, one of the teachers killed in the Newtown, Conn. school shooting.

“We had just sent the money in and we weren’t sure who we were going to honor,” Hayes said. “Then we saw the story of Victoria Soto.”

Students in Hayes’ class raised money by holding bake sales, performing and other efforts.

Hayes said the project taught students the “right way, the legal way and the ethical way to raise money.”


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