LCS Alumnus: David Civil

Newsletter issue: 
June 2015
News item date: 
Wednesday, June 17, 2015

by Amanda Haluga (THP Volunteer) 

Daniel Civil (‘09) returned to LCS this past year as Junior Staff, immediately making an impact with on-campus work projects.

      David Civil (’09) has a unique eye for things that that need to be accomplished and the drive to see them through. No stranger to hard work at improving the environment around him, Civil spent his time as a student at Louverture Cleary School participating in Netwayaj Deyo (outside clean-up) and learning from the school’s maintenance staff. After graduating from LCS in 2009, he received a scholarship from The Haitian Project’s Office of External Affairs and began his studies in accounting at University of Port-au-Prince.

At the beginning of this academic year, Civil returned to LCS to join the Junior Staff. His first task was running the kitchen, which required organizing the students who work there and overseeing all activity necessary to provide three meals a day. Not long into the year, he also inherited the responsibility of work projects and student Work Hours – one of the ways students fulfill their community service requirement. While the kitchen was unfamiliar territory, taking on work projects was a return to an area well known to Civil.

Obed Gilles (’09), a classmate of Civil at LCS and the current Assistant Principal at LCS, is happy to have Civil back at LCS to achieve things in a way that is unique to him. “He sees things that need to be done and takes the responsibility upon himself to see them through,” Gilles noted. “He sees what others do not and finds productive and safe solutions to problems. He is very creative.”

The variety of Civil’s roles at LCS allow him to have a unique and important impact on the students. He is adamant that students are punctual and see their work through to the end. He also promotes efficiency as a goal for Work Hour. Civil is driven because he knows he is imparting lessons to the students that they will need beyond LCS. When asked why he works so hard, he responded, smiling, “I am realizing my goal of teaching students how to solve problems and use the tools around them to improve their environment.”