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Volunteer and Student View: Rachel Thelen and Sylvie Charles-Pierre
News item date:
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Student View: Sylvie Charles-Pierre
My name is Sylvie Charles-Pierre. I am 14 years old and I have been going to LCS for two years. I would like to talk to you about my life at LCS because in my free time I like to think about new projects to improve Haiti.
LCS has taught me to live in community, to share with those around me, to respect everyone, and to work to change Haiti. To be a Louverturian means to be the light of the world. If you are a light you will shine on the world, especially on Haiti, and bring improvement.
My favorite things about LCS are learning four languages and good habits. Our good habits are the respect we have for the school, its leaders and the schedule. We have a good education because we have professional teachers.
I am involved in garden club. I plant flowers because trees and plants are a part of a good environment for Haiti. At Catholic club, I pray and learn more things about my religion. At Art club, I paint and draw. When I am drawing, I think of new projects for my country.
At university I want to study medicine and become a nurse. I want to work for The Haitian Project and take care of the students. For the future I hope for a good life for each person and the improvement of our country’s mentality. I also hope each child will go to school because without school life is nonsense.
Volunteer View: Rachel Thelen
“Thelen!” Deacon Patrick Moynihan, President of The Haitian Project, calls my name--again. I quickly think, “What does the community need?” The possibilities range from crushing rocks and painting walls to playing basketball. Being a Volunteer for THP means saying yes to these opportunities and so much more.
Teaching is one of the most challenging, but also rewarding of my responsibilities. I teach Geometry for Senkyèm (U.S. 8th grade), English and Computers for Katryèm (U.S. 9th grade) and several gym classes.
My other main responsibility is to manage work projects and delegate the tasks required for any given day. Work is an essential part of the formation our students receive at LCS. It is also the foundation of the community and our charism. The work binds us together and keeps us centered on our common mission and belief. When I am not teaching, I am usually covered in either dirt or paint while participating in the current work project.
During play hours, I lead fitness club, co-coach the varsity girls soccer team, co-lead art club and monitor various painting projects around campus. Through these activities, I have been able to share my previous knowledge and experiences with my students.
My motivation to become a Volunteer came from a deep desire to share my own gifts and education in a year of service. I am so fortunate to have a caring family who has loved me unconditionally, as well as an extensive community and role models who taught and supported me as I grew up. That is why I am constantly striving to be the same for my students.
The LCS community has been a new kind of support. Volunteers and Staff live in solidarity with one another, staying present to each other and to our responsibilities. We are driven by our charism and strive to live it out more fully. Every day starts and ends with community prayer, keeping our community focused on God and offering our daily work to Him. With our hearts and minds focused on God’s grace and our charism, we are then able to embrace every task that is asked of us. That is how I can always find the willingness to say, “Yes,” as well as the courage to respond to God’s call to serve for a second year at LCS.