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Haiti Relief Project - 'Kits for Kids'

 
Students at several schools in the Parkway School District joined in a statewide effort for Haiti relief.  The Missouri Department of Education (DESE), in conjunction with an international relief organization based in Springfield, took part in a project to involve Missouri schoolchildren in relief efforts.
 
The Department of Education encouraged public schools across the state to join the “Kits 4 Kids” project and to involve students, families and community groups in assembling hygiene kits for children in Haiti.
 
The Parkway schools that participated are elementary schools Barretts, Bellerive, Hanna Woods, Highcroft Ridge, Mason Ridge, McKelvey, River Bend, Wren; Central Middle; and South High School.  Parkway schools collected close to 1,000 kits.  
 
The kits will be collected and distributed in Haiti by Convoy of Hope, the Springfield-based organization that already has resources on the ground in Haiti.  The organization has been in Haiti for three years, serving meals to as many as 11,000 children a day.  The kits will include toothpaste, shampoo, bar of soap, toothbrush, comb and a hand towel packed in a plastic zipper bag.
 
“To make this a more meaningful experience for all the children of Missouri, we also are encouraging students to include written notes to be included in the kits,” Nicastro said.
 
Ron Showers, outreach director for Convoy of Hope, said the hygiene kits will “make an immediate difference in the lives of the children in Haiti.  With an estimated 1.5 million homeless survivors, there is a great need to make sure they are supplied with the most basic necessities of life.  We look forward to the huge difference the students of Missouri are going to make in the coming weeks.”