Mission Elementary students
chocolate chip-in for the Haitian relief effort
Mission Elementary School faculty member Susan Batiuchok and students
held a bake sale to raise money for the Red Cross Haitian Relief Fund
and it was very successful. (courtesy photo)
ST. IGNATIUS — The Mission Elementary
School students opened their hearts and their mothers’ cookie recipe
cookbooks and ovens to bake items to sell for the Red Cross Haitian
Earthquake Relief and Development Fund. And it turned out to be a very
successful endeavor as students, staff and faculty opened their wallets
to purchase the sweet-tooth satisfying confections the students brought
Mission Elementary faculty member Susan Batiuchok,
who along with fellow faculty member Roberta Haynes spearheaded the
effort, said she was overwhelmed by the elementary students caring ways
and understanding of the situation in Haiti.
The small island nation was rocked to its roots by
a 7.0 magnitude earthquake that laid waste to infrastructure of the
impoverished country and claimed more than 150,000 lives. It has left
nearly a million Haitians homeless as the substandard constructed homes
and buildings collapsed like a house of cards.
It didn't take long for the baked goodies to fly of the table a the
bake sale in support of the Red Cross Haitian Relief Fund. (courtesy
Shortly after the earthquake Haynes approached
Batiuchok about doing something at the school to assist in the relief
effort. It was a good idea and it would be a positive real life
learning experience for the students so they asked them to help in the
effort. And the student gladly did.
It took the elementary students just a few days to
get the ball rolling in the effort but once they did it snowballed.
They soon had their mothers and others preparing all kinds of goodies
that they brought to school and sold. There were also several monetary
donations and that most people didn’t want their change back and that
was applied to the effort. The bake sale lasted two days during the
lunch hour and the final tally was $682.54.
“Even with the short notice and planning time we
had an overwhelming response from the students and teachers,” Batiuchok
said. “Everyone came through for this effort. They have such good
hearts and I kind of well up thinking about that kindness.”
Batiuchok said she hopes the kindness of all
Americans continues long after the initial response. Haiti is he
poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and the majority of its
citizens struggle daily to provide the basics of food and water for
Donations for the Red Cross Haiti Relief effort
can be made online at www.redcross.org or by texting “Haiti” to 90999
and a $10 donation will be charged to the phone bill and the money
forward to the Red Cross.