Community Update: Beton and Basketball


Bottom Left: Volunteer Varsity Basketball Coach, Amanda Haluga, demonstrates proper technique during practice on the back basketball court. Bottom Right: Maintenance Manager, Ketty Douce [right] pours concrete [beton] from the mixer. 

Students, staff and Volunteers rallied around the concrete [beton] mixer once again this week to help our local boss mason, Pasteur Meus, and the LCS maintenance team to resurface the front basketball court. The court, fondly known as "The Moon" in recent years due to its many craters, was due for the facelift-- and just in time for basketball season. 

Nick Junior Joseph (Philo/U.S. 13th grade student) reported on the team's prospects under Volunteer Coach Haluga in the fall edition of the Louverture Cleary student newspaper:
The good news for this year's team is that they held onto their base. We are of course speaking of [students] Wallin, Maed, Sebastien, Kolson and Ernst. Volunteer Coach Haluga, former captain of her own high school team, is ready to lead the team to victory and was pleased to see many students try out. Her objectives for this year are clear: to prepare the team for a win against [LCS rival] St. Louis Gonzague. The team is ready to give their all.

Happy Anniversary, Deacon Moynihan!

Today is the thirteenth anniversary of Deacon Patrick Moynihan's ordination to the permanent diaconate. Deacon Moynihan's servant ministry to the Church has long been bound up in service to The Haitian Project, its charism and its community. 

The Haitian Project community appreciates Deacon Moynihan's constant witness to our mission and unfailing energy on behalf of THP and Louverture Cleary School.

Left: Deacon Moynihan assists Most Rev. Thomas J. Tobin, Bishop of Providence (THP's home diocese) at PC's RCIA Mass in April. Three-Year Volunteer Amanda Gaal was welcomed into the Church, and Tim and Mari Moynihan received Confirmation at the Mass. Right: Deacon Moynihan was assigned to serve in Haiti at St. Thomas the Apostle mission in May 2012. In his first official act at the church that spring, he helped Pastor Rev. Isaia Birollo, C.S. baptize 121 children.

Calling Workers to the Harvest

Volunteer Connor Branham (Villanova '14) puts his passion for economics to work in LCS's capstone English course - Intro to Economics. In addition to teaching, Connor leads Garden Club during Netwayaj, runs a mock business club during Play Hour, and manages debris from campus construction projects.


Left: Lead Volunteer Kristin Soukup (UND '13) and staff member Odson François teach CCD to children from the neighborhood. Right: Volunteer Michelle Paquette divides students into teams for co-ed Ultimate Frisbee practice during Play Hour.

Recruiting is well underway for The Haitian Project's 2015-2016 Volunteer team.

Volunteers at LCS serve as teachers (in English, religion, computers, Spanish, sport, economics, etc.), but most importantly as witnesses to our charism. They live in community with the local staff, lead student service programs and extracurricular activities, and participate in physical work projects around campus. 

Sound like a good fit for someone you know? 
Contact Kaitlyn Guzik at development@haitianproject.org with questions or to receive an application. 
2014-2015 Application Deadlines: 
November 1st (Early Action)
February 17th
April 1st
View the 2006 video, Volunteers on Mission on our website.

Above Left: Second-Year Volunteer Rachel Thelen (St. Scholastica '13, left) freshens up the playground with staff and students. Bottom Center: Volunteer Amanda Haluga (PC '14), coaches men's varsity basketball during Play Hour. During the school day, she teaches religion, English, sport and computers. She also leads music club, cantors at Mass on the weekends and makes delicious French Toast.
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