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KDES Students Raise Awareness About Deaf Earthquake Victims in Haiti and Chile

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After a 7.0-magnitude earthquake devastated the country of Haiti on January 12, the students of Kendall Demonstration Elementary School (KDES), teachers, and staff wanted to find a way to express support for the people affected by the disaster. On February 27, an even stronger 8.8-magnitude earthquake struck Chile, displacing over 1.5 million people, and adding another country seeking major support.

In response to these huge events in Haiti and Chile, the KDES community has organized several fundraisers. KDES social workers Georgia Weaver and Alison Nutt helped organize a coin drive for Haiti. The students in pre-kindergarten to eighth grades have set up collection points in classrooms for donations of coins and dollars. Teacher Vanessa Tesoriero worked with KDES Enrichment Program students from first through fifth grade to help them learn about and discuss the causes and effects of both natural and man-made disasters. Tesoriero encouraged the students to describe the events and share how they felt about them.

As part of this awareness project, KDES will be hosting a Spaghetti Bingo Night fundraiser for members of the KDES community. The students will display books they have made on natural disasters and distribute pamphlets to families on emergency preparedness.

The KDES community is raising money for three groups: the Institut Montfort School for the Deaf in Haiti; the Animal Relief Coalition for Haiti (ARCH); and the American Red Cross relief efforts for both Haiti and Chile. ARCH is an international group including the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals that provides assistance to the devastated livestock, wildlife, and companion animal populations in Haiti.