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LCS Class of 2013
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An Enduring Impact
By Tara Kingsley (THP Volunteer)
With their graduation June 15, the 46 students of the Class of 2013 marked the end of their secondary education but certainly not their dedication to serving others and elevating their country.
Besides excelling academically, the Philo students have embodied the charism of The Haitian Project (THP) by offering their language skills as translators at the Santo 19 neighborhood clinic, sharing their education with neighborhood children as tutors and mentors, setting the example of good sportsmanship and teamwork on the basketball court, and bringing joy to the school during theatrical productions.
Like the Philo classes before them, they embrace dignified work and exemplify generosity and charity in the service of others. Two years ago, when the Philo students were in Sekond class (U.S. 11th grade), they helped start a neighborhood cleanup program called Netwayaj Deyo. Every afternoon Philo students led a group of Louverture Cleary School (LCS) students off campus to burn trash in the neighborhood. Netwayaj Deyo remains one of LCS’s daily community-outreach programs.
Philo student Rose-Martine Clergé acknowledges that she has greatly impacted her family by being the first person in her family to pass Philo class.
“We should be the first people to make a change to our environment, since we have learned how to live in community, how to be self-disciplined and productive, and how to find solutions to the obstacles we face,” she says.
LCS Dean of Academics Marjorie Mombrun credits the LCS education with instilling the ability to enact change.
“I know that our students are different than others and that they receive a different education, too,” Mombrun says. “The Philo class will be an agent to inspire other Haitians to be active in their neighborhoods and to seek education or employment.”
Mr. Dorvélus, who teaches Philo biology, recognizes the class’ potential to transform the community. “I think that the Philo students are the most capable students to enact change at LCS. . . . [Their] ability to do physical work, combined with their maturity and intellect, makes the Philo class well-prepared to make an impact far beyond the LCS community,” he says.
As their mentors attest, the Philo students, emboldened by the truth of their values and the fullness of their formation at LCS, will continue to distinguish themselves as leaders in Haiti.