Cheverus students sell Christmas trees for Haitian school

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PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- 'Tis the season of giving. A group of teens from Cheverus High School are hoping to give a generous gift to Haitian students this season.

The Cheverus High School Haiti Solidarity Club is made up of about 40 students who have an interest in learning about global poverty.

Theology teacher and Haiti Solidarity Club Moderator, Mary King, visited the impoverished school in Port Au Prince, and inspired her students to help.

"Kids were just drinking out of a nearby river and getting sick. So the need is so great," says King. It's not just a quality of life issue often times it may even be a life and death issue."

The club's annual tree and wreathe sale has raised thousands of dollars for the small grade school which is run by the Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Conception.

"High school students have a strong sense of justice and injustice and it really enlivens them," says King. Cheverus Sophomore, Carla Rein, says, "When I get older I want to do international awareness for poverty."

According to King, last year the fundraiser paid for a water filtration system for the school in Haiti.  This year the money will help pay for teacher salaries and food.



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