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Crompond Fifth-Graders Make Books For Haitian Children

Crompond School fifth-graders wrote and illustrated books for Haitian orphans.
Crompond School fifth-graders wrote and illustrated books for Haitian orphans. Photo Credit: Contributed

CROMPOND, N.Y. -- Fifth graders from Crompond School recently created books to donate to orphaned children in Haiti.

Retired Yorktown teacher Lois Burke of Peekskill initiated the project and donated books to coordinate with an upcoming church-mission trip to Haiti.

Burke's idea was “to provide materials suitable for young children and to show the children in this Haitian orphanage that the world cares about them."

“What you all have done is the best. I can’t thank you enough for these wonderful books,” said Burke upon collecting the student-made books.

The students wrote and illustrated original books to share with an orphanage's 30 children and to help them learn English and about the larger world, as well as possibly inspire them to write their own stories and books.

"We are devoted to service learning," Crompond Principal Lori Roberts said. "And here is a great example of a project that exemplifies this and also draws on many student skills.”

The three participating classes are taught by Betsy Flor, Jean Barber and Barbara Alessi.

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