Hoosiers Help Haiti

Posted on February 11, 2010 by

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destruction of Haiti

Photo by the Associated Press

Tyler Knudson – copy editor and J-lab 140 blog editor

Despite the economic crisis, some Americans still find the time to help others in need, as shown by local relief efforts after the earthquake in Haiti last week. After the 6.1 magnitude aftershock, which took place Wednesday, some students have even gotten involved in efforts to help the people of Haiti.
CHS’s own Key Club plans to raise money for Haiti on top of its usual volunteer activities. According to Vice-President Jackie Jenkins (12), the group plans to have members holding cans and asking for money at home sporting events. Currently, the group plans to try doing this at the boys’ basketball games, due to the high attendance rate at the games.
Other students within CHS belong to churches that are actively involved within Haiti. Sarah Cray (10) attends Faith United Methodist Church (FUMC), where her father, Rev. Brian Cray, is the associate pastor. FUMC helped build a school in Haiti several years ago. Since the disaster in Haiti, the church has been stepping up its efforts to help those in need.
“We’re having people make monetary donations and send them through the missions committee,” Cray said.
The initial earthquake took down a perimeter wall that surrounded the school the church built in Haiti. The nearby orphanage was also damaged in the quake. Luckily, the school itself stayed intact.
While some may attribute this to luck or a miracle, the truth is that the school was built by American building standards. With America’s knowledge of architecture, American building standards take earthquakes into account during the design process. Materials and structure designs in the U.S. are built to withstand quakes to the best of a building’s ability.
If students wish to help out the cause, look for Key Club members at future sporting events, within the next week and make a donation to the students who will be holding the containers.

Despite the economic crisis, some Americans still find the time to help others in need, as shown by local relief efforts after the earthquake in Haiti last week. After the 6.1 magnitude aftershock, which took place Wednesday, some students have even gotten involved in efforts to help the people of Haiti.     CHS’s own Key Club plans to raise money for Haiti on top of its usual volunteer activities. According to Vice-President Jackie Jenkins (12), the group plans to have members holding cans and asking for money at home sporting events. Currently, the group plans to try doing this at the boys’ basketball games, due to the high attendance rate at the games.      Other students within CHS belong to churches that are actively involved within Haiti. Sarah Cray (10) attends Faith United Methodist Church (FUMC), where her father, Rev. Brian Cray, is the associate pastor. FUMC helped build a school in Haiti several years ago. Since the disaster in Haiti, the church has been stepping up its efforts to help those in need.     “We’re having people make monetary donations and send them through the missions committee,” Cray said.     The initial earthquake took down a perimeter wall that surrounded the school the church built in Haiti. The nearby orphanage was also damaged in the quake. Luckily, the school itself stayed intact.     While some may attribute this to luck or a miracle, the truth is that the school was built by American building standards. With America’s knowledge of architecture, American building standards take earthquakes into account during the design process. Materials and structure designs in the U.S. are built to withstand quakes to the best of a building’s ability.      If students wish to help out the cause, look for Key Club members at future sporting events, within the next week and make a donation to the students who will be holding the containers.

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