Dimond Collects Funds For Haiti

Have you ever had the feeling that you had nothing in life? No hope, future, dream, or even a place in this world? If you have ever felt this way, then you may be experiencing many of the same depressing feelings and thoughts that an estimated five million homeless Haitian people are experiencing at this time as well. There are an estimated 200,000 people dead, and the country is in a state of chaos. We all know of Haiti’s conditions. After a 7.0 earthquake hit Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti, many nations have come together to support and help the people who have been affected by this natural disaster. “France has taken the lead in the course of giving relief to Haiti,” says Kaycie Thompson, secretary-general of Dimond High School’s Model United Nations organization. Dimond is also making a great effort to help support Haiti at their time of need, and by the end of a recent fundraising drive had raised $3,555.05, according to Lem Wheeles, a Dimond History teacher and the sponsor of Dimond’s Model United Nations. That included money from a number of classes, including those of Dean Ball, chair of Dimond’s World Languages Department. Model United Nations organized the fundraising effort. In classrooms and offices throughout the school, teens put their lunch money and spare change into a small blue box; each box was labeled “Haiti.” Student and teachers were asked to donate any spare change they might have. At least 50 teachers and six offices were raising money, Wheeles said, and he was pleased with the results. “Yes I was very happy with the results. We exceeded what we had hoped to raise greatly,” he said All donations were given to the Unicef Program, which is an arm of the real United Nations Those interested in helping Haiti in a different way can still do so. If you text “Haiti” to the number 90999, AT&T will donate $10 to the Red Cross. This $10 is billed directly to your cell phone bill, but the money is for a good cause, Thompson said.