HARTFORD — The deadline for the statewide fundraising effort to build a new school in Haiti is Oct. 30.
Gov.M. Jodi Rell and the Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS) last week reminded Connecticut school officials, students and parents that the deadline for the statewide fundraising effort to build a new school in Haiti launched last January following the devastating earthquake in the Caribbean nation.
In the aftermath of the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that hit Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Jan. 12, the governor’s office worked closely with CAS to set up a special bank account at the Bank of America to raise money to address the critical needs of hundreds of thousands of Haitian children whose schools were destroyed and are forced to get whatever schooling they can in temporary, makeshift schools.
“For the past nine months, schools across the state have showed their strong desire and overwhelming generosity to the rebuilding of Haiti. I am proud of the way our schools have answered the call but I am appealing to others who can help us raise more money over the next month. The fact is Haitian children remain in risk,” Rell said.
Rell said new schools will “help protect the children of Haiti, give a level stability and security and provide a new generation of educated, skilled workers that will be critical to Haiti’s long-term recovery”
“It means more than just rebuilding a school – it is rebuilding lives,” she said.
As of last week, Connecticut schools have raised over $158,051 which will be dedicated toward building and equipping a modern, earthquake resistant school in Haiti. Connecticut schools have pitched in by holding fundraising events, collecting coins and raising awareness of the need to help Haitian schoolchildren. CAS hopes to secure matching funding from philanthropic organizations they have worked with in the past. Not one cent of money raised will go toward overhead or administrative costs, officials said.
Parents or their children can bring their donation to their respective school or go directly to any Bank of America branch to make a deposit in the CAS Haitian Relief Fund by Oct. 30.