St. Mary’s walks for Haiti

| May 27, 2015

By Shay Sinnott

The St. Mary of the Hills School community came together May 18 for the fourth annual “Walk for Haiti.”

The event drew around 150 people, 20 of whom were former SMH students and alumni.

The walk consisted of a new 5-mile route around the town. The money raised from the walk went directly to the Haiti-Micah Project. The Haiti-Micah Project is celebrating its 10th anniversary since beginning the foundation. Haiti-Micah supports the poor children in Haiti whom are in severe need of clean water, medical attention, food and shelter. This need increased immensely after the devastating 2010 earthquake.

Since the founders (Thalia Etienne, Jacob Martens, and Janelle Saint Eloi) of the Walk for Haiti have all now graduated from St. Mary’s and moved on to private high schools, the walk is now run by SMH’s National Junior Honor Society with faculty advisors Alexia Etienne and Pam Vasta. This year St. Mary’s raised $3,000 to support children in Haiti. Mrs. Vasta and Mrs. Etienne were privileged enough to present a check for $2,700 to the Rev. Joseph Constant, president of the Haiti-Micah Project, in Washington, D.C. this past week. Another $300 check was donated by SMH to sponsor a child in Haiti.

The walk could not have been a great success without the support of the St. Mary’s students, faculty, families and alumni. St. Mary’s would like to send their deepest gratitude to everyone who walked or volunteered in the annual “Walk for Haiti.”

Below are fifth grade students Gaelyn Grant of Hyde Park and Demi Kroumpouzos of Milton.

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