Of Shovels and Wheelbarrows



Left: David Civil (LCS '10) coordinates work hour schedules and tasks as a member of the Junior Staff. Here, he works with students to turn the compost.Center: Students give the incinerator a thorough cleaning, as others turn the compost heap. The "Compost song" is displaying on the wall above. Right: Volunteers and students rid the soccer field of thorny plants which sprung up during the winter break.

During campus Work Hours, LCS students led by staff and Volunteers assist the campus maintenance staff on a daily basis, providing additional labor for more complicated projects and handling smaller jobs themselves. Junior Staff member and 2010 graduate, David Civil, manages the rotation of students, staff, and their tasks.

Our students don't come to campus just to work with pens and paper, but they have to be ready to work to rebuild the country. As I tell the students, life is not only about doing the things that we want to do, but about doing what we have to do and what we should do. Work Hours show the students that they have a responsibility to do what needs to be done, even if it is not easy. It's very important for this community to be filled with people who are ready to do what needs to be done. This is the mission of Louverture Cleary, this is a part of life. I am proud to teach the students how to do their work and to work alongside them.

-David Civil (LCS '10), Work Hour Coordinator

Work Hours are a chance for us to work physically, to remember that our intelligence isn't just something that is only for the classroom or an office. If we are going to be hard workers, we have to be ready for physical tasks, too. When it's time for work hour, I like when we have a chance to work on the betÓn [concrete] and on the rock crusher. I like doing these jobs because the boys don't think that the girls can do it. I like to show them that I can do everything they can -- that I'm strong, too.

-Michaella Cadet, LCS Rheto (U.S. 12th grade) student

Work Hours help students to learn about caring for their enivornment and to further benefit from the structure that LCS provides for their lives. When we are in work hour, we are demonstrating the importance of caring for the community and sometimes learning new skills, like the best way to use a crib (sifter). They will be able to apply a lot of these skills in their future.

-Michelle Paquette, Volunteer

Celebrity Visit(s)


Left: Deacon Moynihan and Michael Brun catch up and discuss the importance of education at LCS. Right: Philo student, Eduardo Massena writes to Pope Francis.

Last week, Lucky Rousseau, one of THP's most enthusiastic local supporters, sponsored the filming of a new promotional video for the Project. Rousseau's food distribution business, TOPCO-Haiti, provides in-kind support to the LCS food program, employs several LCS graduates, and has welcomed Philo (U.S. 13th grade) economics students for a tour of TOPCO's facilities. 
Thank you, Mr. Rousseau for this most recent sign of dedication and faith in THP's mission of education for Haiti! 
The filming coincided with a visit from a rising star on the electronic dance music scene - Michael Brun, son of local THP Board Member, Patrick Brun. Born and raised in Haiti, Michael is another advocate for the importance of education for Haiti.
Also last week, leading up to the all-school Mass in honor of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, rumor had it that Pope Francis was coming to say Mass at LCS. While the rumor was unfounded, the Philo class thought it sounded like a good idea. Led by Philo student Eduardo Massena, the students at LCS have begun a letter-writing campaign to encourage Pope Francis to visit Louverture Cleary School. Please add your prayers to their petitions and contact Kaitlyn Guzik if you would like to help.

The community at LCS wishes you a merry Christmas and many thanks for your continued support of THP! Wednesday updates will resume on January 7th after the Christmas break.

Giving Grace

Fr. Carl Jean (LCS '02) poses the question, "How many of you have a mother?" during his homily on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception at LCS. Fr. Carl spoke on Mary's role as Mother and her preservation from sin.

Students, staff, faculty and Volunteers gathered Monday in observance of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary. 

The Louverture Cleary Spiritual Committee spent the last week in preparation for the Mass and in preparing the student body for the occasion. Principal Marjorie Mombrun (LCS '07) noted,  
All-school Masses are a wonderful opportunity at LCS. They help the studentsto understand the Gospel and how to live as brothers and sisters. Also to recognize God blessing for their free education.

The celebration of the Immaculate Conception is necessary to give them more information about Mary as the Mother of God, and as our mother.
The LCS Spiritual Commitee participate in preparing for Mass by making a Sketch about Conception of Mary according to the history. By that students could have more information about Feast of Immaculate comception of Mary which they could increase their knowledge. 

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