Children Helping Children
Warms the Hearts of Those in Belle Glade
Lake Worth, FL, Feb. 6, 2019 – When the Sacred Heart School children, in Lake Worth, heard the story about children in Belle Glade attending their after-school program in a dangerously dilapidated, 1940s building, they were ready to help. To date, Sacred Heart School children have raised $2,707.44 to help fund the rebuilding of the First Haitian Baptist Church Children’s Development Center in Belle Glade, which is so desperately needed.
The children learned about the Development Center through Sacred Heart School Principal, Candace Tamposi, and the School’s Grandmother of the Year, Nancy Marshall, both members of the Sovereign Order of St John of Jerusalem Hospitaller, Palm Beach Commandery, an ecumenical organization that is focusing its fundraising efforts to help build this new Center for the Belle Glade children.
This past fall, Sacred Heart School students in the 4th and 7th grade donated their photographs for an auction, held at a reception in a private Palm Beach home, which raised $2,005. The photographs were taken at the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge as part of The Everglades, Through the Eyes of Children Photo Project, an annual event at Sacred Heart School.
During December, middle school children raised $400 for the Belle Glade Project from their Christmas Store. The middle school students acquired a loan from the school office (with interest) to buy Christmas items from the Dollar Store for gifts. They did a marketing plan, created commercials to advertise on the school Panther News station (on You Tube) and created posters. They sold the items in their classroom store, paid back the loan and donated $400 to the Belle Glade project.
“I was surprised to see the ingenuity and determination the students gave for this project,” said Rocio Shaw, the middle school literature and special needs resource teacher.
In January, the entire school completed a Penny Drive for Catholic School Week and selected to give the money to the Belle Glade Project. The Penny Drive raised $302.44.
“We love that children are helping other children,” said Principal Tamposi, “It is an important lesson in caring and supporting others in need.”
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