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'Hope for Haiti' assembly hopes to aid Haitians


An estimated 270,000 buildings were destroyed by the earthquake in Haiti. Photo by Marco Dormino/ The United Nations.


Sabrina Ray, a San Marcos High School (SMHS) world geography teacher of Haitian origin, recently traveled to Haiti for her father’s funeral. Her father died from health conditions that worsened as a result of the catastrophic earthquake the country suffered on Jan 12.  While there, she witnessed the current plight of the Haitian people.

On May 17, at a special assembly in the SMHS auditorium from 1:30-2:15 p.m., Ray will share her recent experiences in the devastated island nation through pictures and personal narrative.

The “Hope For Haiti” assembly will feature student collaborations with Ray to aid Haiti. The Junior State of America (JSA) students raised $850 through a t-shirt sale. The Interact Club raised funds through a “Coins for Haiti” drive. A check for $1,000 will be present to the Red Cross for Haiti in memory of  Ray’s father.

Ray’s classes and National Honor Society members also sponsored a “Soles for Souls” drive in which they collected dozens of pairs of shoes. The shoes will be shipped to Haiti for the relief effort.

For additional information on the assembly, or to reserve a seat, contact Johanna Haley, JSA sponsor, at (512) 644-6111 or johannahaley@smcisd.net.

The Haitian Government reported that, after the 7.0 earthquake, an estimated 230,000 people died, 300,000 were injured and 1 million people were made homeless. They also estimated that 250,000 homes and 30,000 commercial buildings had collapsed or were severely damaged.