5th-grader leads Northwest Elementary in Haiti collection
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[February 25, 2010]
Kylee Foster, a fifth-grade student in
Mrs. Marla Williams' class at Northwest Elementary School, presented
Lincoln Christian University with a check for $87 -- her school's
"love offering to Haiti."
Kiley says she was inspired by her mother, a nurse, who talked about
wanting to go to Haiti, and by discussions of the earthquake in her
youth group. Those conversations gave her the idea that they could
do something at school to help.
Kiley presented her idea of
collecting pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters to her principal,
Tammy Martin. With the support of her principal and teacher, Kiley
made signs for donated water jugs, and for two weeks the children of
Northwest Elementary dropped their coins into the jugs as they came
to school each morning.
When they started counting the coins on Feb. 17, they were
hopeful that they would have $50 to give to the "Love Offering to
Haiti" collection at Lincoln Christian University. Imagine their
surprise, when after 2 1/2 hours of counting, they discovered they
had collected over $86.
Brian Mills, vice president of student development, and Steve
Collins, LCU faculty member and representative of the Haitian
Christian Outreach board, visited Kiley's fifth-grade class to
accept their gift for Haitian Christian Outreach. HCO is the mission
that will put to use the items and cash collected during the LCU
collection drive. The students at Northwest were glad they could add
their donation to a larger organization they knew and trusted to get
the money into the hands of the Haitian people.
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Mrs. Williams' and Mrs. Martin's fifth-grade classes at Northwest
viewed a video of the earthquake relief HCO is providing in Haiti
and were moved by what they saw. Collins explained to the children
how their money would be used to help Haitian children recover from
the earthquake in Port-au-Prince -- children who are the same age as
When asked, one of Kiley's classmates said, "I thought it was a
great idea. If we had an earthquake here, we would want them to help
HCO has been operating in Haiti for 25 years. The organization
operates a church, school and medical clinic in Port-au-Prince.
Collins shared that the school building is currently being used as a
hospital, but they hope to be able to reopen for school in several
[Text from file received from
Lincoln Christian University]