MCS Students Go All Out to Support Teachers’ Trip to Haiti
What happens when a Christian school community becomes passionate about supporting a cause? They go all in, encouraging students to lead the way!
On February 15th, a team of teachers from Mariners Christian School (MCS) will be traveling to Haiti where they’ll spend the week with Pastor Samuel Metelus of the Glory Glory Center in Torbeck. Pastor Sam and his ministry team are in the process of building a premiere private school that will educate more than 1,000 students in the area just south of Les Cayes. During their week together, the MCS teachers and Sam’s teachers will be getting to know one another, sharing ideas about education, and setting the groundwork for their future partnership. The MCS teachers will also be leading a conference focused on proven reading and math teaching techniques.
In what truly became a school-wide effort, MCS students came up with a variety of initiatives aimed at supporting their teachers as they prepared for the trip, including helping their teachers raise the $2,500 cost per person to attend.
Middle school students so wanted to help raise money to send their teachers, Mr. Spurgin and Mrs. Thurston, to Haiti, that they held a “Share to Wear” Day. Each student brought in at least one dollar on a pre-determined day, and in return, they earned a future “free dress day” (no uniforms!). In just one day, the kids raised over $970. Way to go MCS middle school students!
Not to be outdone by the middle school, the elementary school got involved as well. In Mrs. Meyer’s second grade class, students collected water bottles to help pay for supplies to build math game kits for each of the teachers attending the conference. Mrs. Meyer brilliantly worked the water bottle project into their math unit, working with the kids to figure out how much each kit would cost, the total amount they needed to raise, and how many bottles they would need to collect to meet their collective goal. Each student was then given a personal collection goal, and they counted as a group every few days to monitor their progress. All together, the students collected 1,244 water bottles, raising $62.05! Assembling the 200 kits turned into a family affair, with students from Mrs. Lynch’s kindergarten class, Ms. Parks’ third grade class, and Ms. Kish’s fourth class all pitching in to help.
In a complete surprise, the entire Haiti Team was blessed by the MCS third grade Girl Scout Troop, No. 4598, lead by Anna Jeffers and Rebecca Maietta. The girls in the troop really did their homework, thinking of all the things the team might need for its long trip to Haiti, and they assembled “care kits” for each and every member of the team. The kits included things like insect repellent and a rain poncho, and even included a neck pillow for the red-eye flight from LAX to Miami! To see just how much homework the girls did, read their thoughtful note below.
Finally, the students’ families, grandparents, and a host of alumni families provided additional support, including prayer, supplies, and financial donations, to make this trip happen. Truly, it’s been a community affair! Thank you for standing alongside our teachers in this exciting opportunity for cross-culture exchange. We can’t wait to report back after our trip.
Laurie Kelly, Trip Co-Leader
Haiti Ministry of Mariners Church Core Team Member