San Marcos High School’s mixed choir performs “We Are the World” at the Hope For Haiti assembly. All photos by Iris Campbell.
After San Marcos High School (SMHS) world geography teacher Sabrina Ray explained the situation she saw in Haiti when she traveled there this spring, the students took action to help out. Their efforts culminated in a special assembly at the high school on May 17.
At the Hope For Haiti Day assembly, the students presented a check for $1,000 to the Red Cross in memory of Ray’s father, Luckner “TiDjo” Paul, to Red Cross representative Thad Rosenfeld. The assembly also included the high school mixed choir performing Michael Jackson’s “We Are The World,” led by choir director Helen Miers. Ray gave a power-point presentation with photos she took of the results of the catastrophic earthquake.
Ray has extended family in Haiti. Though they were not injured by the devastating 7.0 earthquake that took place on January 12 of this year, her father passed away as a direct result his health condition worsening when medical attention and supplies were scarce.
Ray saw the conditions of post-earthquake Haiti first hand when she went to her father’s funeral. She related her observations to her students and the desire to help spread throughout the whole school.
The “Hope For Haiti” projects at SMHS were varied and successful.
The Junior State of America (JSA) chapter started a “Rattlers Hope for Haiti” T-shirt sale. The Interact Club raised funds through a “Coins for Haiti” drive. These efforts resulted in $1,000 for the Red Cross. The SMHS National Honor Society sponsored a “Soles for Souls” drive, collecting shoes for the Haiti relief effort, and gathered more than 600 pairs of shoes with the project. SMHS also donated to the Hays County Food Bank in honor of Haiti.
The shoes collected in the “Soles for Souls” drive will be shipped to Haiti for the relief effort. Marcos Cortez, General Manager of Transpak Southwest Crating Group, donated a large crate for all the shoes. Ray is checking with her sources to find someone who can take the shoes to Haiti. When the shoes arrive they will be picked up and distributed by the local Mission of Hope to children who live at the mission or attend school there.
All of the work of the students for Haiti was aided or augmented by several local businesses and individuals. Bill Blockner and the UPS store were responsible for the creation of the presentation check. The Overall Company helped with the “Rattlers Hope for Haiti” T-shirts and Timothy and Stephanie Sisak aided the effort by providing shoe storage.
Red Cross Memorial donation with Principal Michelle Darling, Supt. Dr. Patty Shafer, Red Cross rep Thad Rosenfeld, Sabrina Ray and student members of the Junior State of America Chapter and the SMHS Interact Club.
Sabrina Ray speaks at the podium at the assembly.
SMHS National Honor Society members and volunteer Beth Wolpman sort and box collected shoes for Haiti.
Boxes of shoes ready for crating and delivery to Haiti.