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Compass Students Learn about Haitian Disaster from Local Doctor

The Grammar School has supported community service projects in several areas this winter and spring. In addition to ongoing food collections for the local food shelf, students, faculty, and parents have raised money for rebuilding the Putney General Store, collecting Pennies for Peace for schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and the students are leading projects to support earthquake victims in Haiti.

Students learn about the importance of contributing resources to those in need, from local projects to international causes.

Dr. Kimona Alin of Dover spent a morning with students at The Grammar School, where she showed slides and discussed her experiences as a visiting physician in Haiti a month after the earthquake.

She described the hardships Haitians deal with in their daily lives and how those circumstances have been amplified by the devastation. Concerns with the economy, healthcare, education, and deforestation have become even more critical since the earthquake destroyed much of the country's infrastructure.

Alin worked in an outpatient clinic in the coastal village of Jacmel, where most of her patients needed primary care more than medical help for injuries sustained during the earthquake. She noted the irony of the situation where people now have increased access to basic healthcare because so many doctors from different countries have come to Haiti to help earthquake survivors.

Alin lauded The Grammar School's fundraising efforts for disaster relief. Donations of $187 from the Quebecois music night in early February went to Haiti, and preschool through second graders sold bagels and raised over $400 for the same cause. The student council is collecting redeemable bottles and cans to support Pure Water for Haiti, which was started by the Brattleboro Area Rotarians.

Founded in 1960, The Grammar School is an independent preschool through eighth grade school located in Putney.

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