Linden Students Show “Hearts For Haiti”

LINDEN—The “Hearts for Haiti” fund drive came about from School No. 9’s desire to respond to the need of the children of Haiti after the devastating earthquake that hit that country.

“We know this school will give generously,” said Sandy Coglianese, acting principal at School No. 9. She explained that the faculty, students and parents of School No. 9 raised thousands of dollars and sent truckloads of supplies to the victims of Hurricane Katrina.


The faculty and staff were in agreement that something should be done for the children of Haiti , especially since this is the magnet school where the students who speak Haitian-Creole and need English as a Second Language are taught.

The “Hearts for Haiti” fund drive started Monday, Feb. 1 and lasted one week. On Friday, students and faculty wore red to show their support. Staff members were busy all week cutting out red, pink and white hearts – as each person who brought in a donation would get a heart to decorate and hang up in the lobby of the school.

ESL students made “Hearts for Haiti ” posters urging their classmates to “give from the heart.” The faculty and staff held an extra fundraiser – on Wednesday, a committee of teachers brought in a breakfast and all who participated donated very generously to the Hearts for Haiti drive.

It was agreed by all that donations should go specifically for the children of Haiti, and all funds collected will be given to “Save The Children” for that purpose. The hearts will be hanging in the School No. 9 lobby through all of February, a perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s Day and remind us of the true meaning of the word “Love.”

Sephora Joseph, Walid Fattouh and Jennyka Montilus show off some of the “Hearts for Haiti.” Photo courtesy of Linden Public Schools

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