All Together for Haiti
A faculty-student hoops contest and fundraiser for Haiti relief is a highlight among many ideas generated by students, faculty and staff at Milton. The basketball game on Wednesday, January 20 in the Athletic and Convocation Center drew a crowd during the exam prep week, and it raised close to $4,000 from both players and spectators.
Click here to view a video montage of the event courtesy of Nancy Bland.
Everyone on campus will be able to participate in numerous other efforts to provide funds for medical and food aid in Haiti.
- Hearts with messages of support to our Haitian employees here at Milton Academy are posted on the wall by the Forbes Dining Hall exit door. Blank hearts, pens and tape are right there for people to add to the wall.
- World Health Organization students will set up a letter-writing project directed to Haitian employees.
- Faculty, staff, students and parents can make donations to Partners in Health in the name of the Milton Academy Community.Click here to learn more.
- The Academy business office will set up a Milton Haiti Relief Fund to funnel the dollars raised by various campus groups and divisions; the proceeds can then go to Partners in Health and, as needs become clearer, to support our own Haitian colleagues.
- With help from Academy Technology Services, FLIK has set up an extra laptop with Internet connection for employees to use.
- Faculty and students are eager to step in and help with dishwashing and serving if or when FLIK employees need to take leave (until now FLIK has been able to cover all staffing needs).
- FLIK director, John Soldano, has ordered blue Haiti wristbands which will arrive in a couple of weeks for a fund raiser and show of solidarity after exams.
- At the Lower School, faculty will spread the word to children about a “Chores for Haiti” activity: children and parents collaborate about doing an additional chore at home in return for dollars to donate to Haitian relief. The plan is to fill in an empty Haitian flag, hung in the lunchroom, colored brick by colored brick, once chores are done and donations accumulate. When the flag is full the Lower School will celebrate by wearing the flag’s colors and perhaps learning some Creole songs.
- Faculty member Patrice JeanBaptiste will attend the next FLIK all-staff meeting (in early February) to help with Creole translation, in the effort to ascertain the real needs of our Haitian employees at that time.