Augustana Community Providing School Kits for Haitian Children
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
SIOUX FALLS, SD –Beginning Thursday, February 4, the Augustana community will be preparing school kits to be sent to children in earthquake-ravaged Haiti.
Some schools in Haiti reopened Monday, but most remained closed since the January 12 earthquake. Haiti officials fear many school children will be on the streets for months to come in the capital of Port-au-Prince. Most schools were destroyed or badly damaged and many teachers died in the disaster.
The effort by Augustana students, faculty, and staff includes collecting schools supplies, and sewing cloth bags for the children to carry the supplies.
Specific supplies requested by Lutheran World Relief include:
- Notebooks of wide/college ruled paper (200-sheet books are ideal, no loose-leaf)
- Blunt scissors
- Small pencil sharpeners
- 30 centimeter rulers
- #2 pencils
- Easer 2½ inches long.Construction paper (assorted colors)
- Boxes of crayons
Collection boxes for the supplies have been placed in many buildings throughout the campus including the Morrison Commons, Elmen Center, residence halls, Administration Building, Madsen Center, and the Humanities Center.
Lutheran World Relief also has a specific design for bags to carry the supplies. Patterns and materials are available at the Student Services Suite and sewing machines have been placed on the Student Street in the Morrison Commons.
“We plan for students to participate between classes and while walking back and forth for meals,” said Tracy Riddle, Associate Dean of Students.
Photo above, right: Courtesy of Lutheran World Relief