July 2, 2022

Essex Elementary Raises More Than $8,000 for Haiti Building Project

Essex Elementary School students presented an $8,275 check Wednesday to Sister Cities Essex-Haiti representatives (David Evangelisti, Dan Taylor-Stypa, and Denise D’Avella). The check was given during a schoolwide assembly by the students (Tiffany Kuba, Abby Monaco, Jacob Azzinaro, and Peter Fitton).

Cattle Barn to be Converted into a Library

The group will use the donation to build a library/community center in Deschapelles, Haiti, a community devastated by a major earthquake in January 2010. The funds were raised last month by 107 EES students during a three-week read-a-thon. Fitton raised the most money of any student in the school. The school and PTO also held a family reading night, after-school reading sessions, and other activities.

“We are so proud of the students, who participated and read 34,448 pages for a total of 727 books!” said EES Principal Dr. Joanne Beekley. “I extend my sincere thank you to all of the children and their families for participating in our fundraiser. Additionally, local businesses donated to the read-a-thon including The Red Balloon, Pat’s Kountry Kitchen, Toys Ahoy, Essence, and Conway, Londregan, Sheehan and Monaco, P.C.”

Sister Cities Essex-Haiti aims to build a long-term relationship between town residents and Deschapelles, Haiti, with its first project being the library/community center. The center will provide Haiti children with a place to study after dark. Most households in Deschapelles do not have electricity, which means children often must study and do school work under street lamps. Few libraries exist in rural Haiti, with limited opportunities to borrow or buy books. You can learn more about the project at www.sistercitiesessexhaiti.org