The 2010 Haiti earthquake was a 7.0 magnitude natural disaster. As of February 12th, an estimated three million people were affected. Over 200,000 people died. An estimated 300,000 were injured, and over one million were left homeless. Soon after the quake hit, PMSA students stood in unity with the world and began to raise money in support of the Haitian people.
“When we heard about the quake in Haiti, we were shocked by the news and devastated by all of the images that were shown,” said PMSA sophomore Marvin Gomez. “We wanted to support them and do all that we could to help.”
PMSA students rallied together and begin to brainstorm ideas on what they could do to help.
“After the earthquake in Haiti, a lot of us wanted to do something,” said PMSA senior Chinelo Agwuncha, who was one of the primary organizers of Stand Up for Haiti. “We talked with our teachers. We began to talk with each other. Then we decided to do our two week fundraiser.”
They launched a two week fundraising campaign called Stand Up for Haiti. Members of PMSA’s student council and class of 2012 sold Haiti ribbons, they made and sold spirit rocks painted with their names and messages of hope, they also sold baked goods and pizza. Some students raised money through a “cardioathon.” They pledged to ride on the exercise bike or walk on the treadmill to raise funds.
“Haiti is a poor country,” said PMSA sophomore Nancy Martinez. “They don’t have a lot of resources, and a lot of people were hurt by the quake. We knew right away that we had to do something. If we [PMSA students] had gone through something like that, we’d want help too.”
The students raised a grand total of $789, which they’ll divide between the Bill Clinton Haiti Relief Fund and one Proviso Teacher whose family lived in Port Au Prince.
Great Work Students! You are a vital part of Proviso Rising.