A Few Good Vols


From left: Amanda Haluga teaches students to make music with the instruments in the LCS Music Club during afternoon Play Hour; Connor Branham tills the rooftop garden with the LCS Garden Club during Netwayaj (afternoon cleanup).


From left: Michelle Paquette works with students to sort recyclables at the incinerator during afternoon Netwayaj; Lead Volunteer Kristin Soukup reviews decimals, integers and absolute values in Senkyèm (U.S. 8th grade) algebra.

With a full semester of experience under their belts, the Volunteer team returned from Christmas break the first week in January, stepping right from the truck into the classroom. Second-year Volunteer, Kristin Soukup is this year's Lead Volunteer in addition to helping in the administration as Dean of Students.

The team brings a lot of enthusiasm to all of their various responsibilities in order to best serve the students. All the Volunteers have spent a lot of time preparing and investing in the classes that they teach. Even outside the classroom, where they have different roles – which are sometimes different than what they expected. For example, Michelle leads and organizes the students at the incinerator, Michelle and Amanda help out with the Koukouy program, Connor has taken on leadership of the Garden Club and started a Business Club. And of course Amanda's leadership of the basketball team has allowed her to put her experience to good use. They are all playing their strengths, some they had before, and others they have developed here in service to the LCS community.

-Kristin Soukup, Lead Volunteer

Do you know someone who make a great year-long Volunteer for The Haitian Project?

Maybe someone who would enjoy living for a year in an intentional Catholic community? A recent college graduate willing to share their newly-acquired knowledge with eager students? THP's next application deadline is February 17. Contact Kaitlyn at development@haitianproject.org or download the Teach in Haiti flyer for more information.



Of Shovels and Wheelbarrows



Left: David Civil (LCS '10) coordinates work hour schedules and tasks as a member of the Junior Staff. Here, he works with students to turn the compost.Center: Students give the incinerator a thorough cleaning, as others turn the compost heap. The "Compost song" is displaying on the wall above. Right: Volunteers and students rid the soccer field of thorny plants which sprung up during the winter break.

During campus Work Hours, LCS students led by staff and Volunteers assist the campus maintenance staff on a daily basis, providing additional labor for more complicated projects and handling smaller jobs themselves. Junior Staff member and 2010 graduate, David Civil, manages the rotation of students, staff, and their tasks.

Our students don't come to campus just to work with pens and paper, but they have to be ready to work to rebuild the country. As I tell the students, life is not only about doing the things that we want to do, but about doing what we have to do and what we should do. Work Hours show the students that they have a responsibility to do what needs to be done, even if it is not easy. It's very important for this community to be filled with people who are ready to do what needs to be done. This is the mission of Louverture Cleary, this is a part of life. I am proud to teach the students how to do their work and to work alongside them.

-David Civil (LCS '10), Work Hour Coordinator

Work Hours are a chance for us to work physically, to remember that our intelligence isn't just something that is only for the classroom or an office. If we are going to be hard workers, we have to be ready for physical tasks, too. When it's time for work hour, I like when we have a chance to work on the betÓn [concrete] and on the rock crusher. I like doing these jobs because the boys don't think that the girls can do it. I like to show them that I can do everything they can -- that I'm strong, too.

-Michaella Cadet, LCS Rheto (U.S. 12th grade) student

Work Hours help students to learn about caring for their enivornment and to further benefit from the structure that LCS provides for their lives. When we are in work hour, we are demonstrating the importance of caring for the community and sometimes learning new skills, like the best way to use a crib (sifter). They will be able to apply a lot of these skills in their future.

-Michelle Paquette, Volunteer

Celebrity Visit(s)


Left: Deacon Moynihan and Michael Brun catch up and discuss the importance of education at LCS. Right: Philo student, Eduardo Massena writes to Pope Francis.

Last week, Lucky Rousseau, one of THP's most enthusiastic local supporters, sponsored the filming of a new promotional video for the Project. Rousseau's food distribution business, TOPCO-Haiti, provides in-kind support to the LCS food program, employs several LCS graduates, and has welcomed Philo (U.S. 13th grade) economics students for a tour of TOPCO's facilities. 
Thank you, Mr. Rousseau for this most recent sign of dedication and faith in THP's mission of education for Haiti! 
The filming coincided with a visit from a rising star on the electronic dance music scene - Michael Brun, son of local THP Board Member, Patrick Brun. Born and raised in Haiti, Michael is another advocate for the importance of education for Haiti.
Also last week, leading up to the all-school Mass in honor of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, rumor had it that Pope Francis was coming to say Mass at LCS. While the rumor was unfounded, the Philo class thought it sounded like a good idea. Led by Philo student Eduardo Massena, the students at LCS have begun a letter-writing campaign to encourage Pope Francis to visit Louverture Cleary School. Please add your prayers to their petitions and contact Kaitlyn Guzik if you would like to help.

The community at LCS wishes you a merry Christmas and many thanks for your continued support of THP! Wednesday updates will resume on January 7th after the Christmas break.

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