A Season of Promise

Newsletter issue: 
September 2014
News item date: 
Thursday, September 11, 2014

by Obed Gilles (LCS '09 and Assistant Principal of LCS) and Rachel Thelen (THP Second-year Volunteer)


The 2014-2015 LCS Administration [From Left}: Obed Gilles (LCS '09, Asst. Principal), Krisitn Soukup (Dean of Students), Darly Dorceus (LCS '04, Asst to the Academic Offices), Marielle Lapres (LCS '07, Dean of Academics), Marjorie Mombrun (LCS '07, Principal), Deacon Patrick Moynihan (Head of LCS and President of THP).

      Even before the gates of The Haitian Project's (THP Louverture Cleary School (LCS) opened on Sept. 7th, the campus was abuzz with excitement and preparations for a great start to this academic year.  As Deacon Patrick Moynihan, President of THP and Head of LCS, commented, "The proof of God's support and the validity of our work is the fruit of our mission - which is always impressive.  The start of a new school year is like the advent of a new growing season promising another bountiful harvest.  It is also a joyfully noisy time. "

      Of the 340 students who qualified for this year's entrance exam, the LCS administration chose 31 boys and 31 girls to become "Louverturians."  Full of energy, the new students bring a special enthusiasm to activities like Netwayaj (campus cleanup), work hours, and the school song, "The Louverturian."  To prepare them for campus life, the LCS staff welcomed the new Sizyem (U.S. 7th grade) class for a three-day orientation in late August.

      After her first day on campus, Murielle Moise is more excited than ever to start a new chapter in her life.  "I like what I find here at the school.  The students participate in all the work projects, there are rules that will help us to be disciplined and, besides the good education, the environment of the school provides a wonderful place to study and live!"

      Also in preparation for the new year, Rheto and Philo (U.S. 12th and 13th grade) students attended a leadership seminar to prepare them for their roles as Moniteurs and Guides.  Veterans of campus life at LCS, they support the Direksyon (school administration) by oversseing the younger students and taking on added responsibilities during Netwayaj, study hours and work hours.  Already they are exhibiting leadership qualities whether working on the rock crusher painting or tutoring other students.

      LCS Principal, Marjorie Mombrun (LCS '07) notes that the staff was ready for the students to return.  "We were happyy and well-motivated to start this new year.  Because of the formation that they receive, we expect our students to work hard inside and outside of class; when it happens they inspire us."

      Like the Sizyem, Rheto and Philo students, several members of the LCS administration are also undertaking new responsibilities.  Esther Paul, LCS '02 and THP Director of Operations-Haiti, joined the LCS faculty, teaching Scripture to Katryem (U.S. 9th grade).  It is a first and she is excited about it.  After serving as a staff member for several years, Marielle Lapres has been appointed Dean of Academics.

      Also new to campus are the 2014-2015 Volunteers, already setting a wonderful example for the LCS community.  In addition to serving as teachers of English, religion, sport and computer classes, the Volunteers serve as coaches, directors and advisors for Ultimate Frisbee, Teyat (drama) and music club, among other activities.

      When asked how it feels to be back at work at LCS, students and staff alike respond that it is "Exciting!"  The students are excited to learn and the staff is excited to teach them to be good leaders who will build a better Haiti.  As Mombrun stated, "They can do a lot with the education they receive from us."