I had a great afternoon yesterday with the kids of Camden City Schools. The district raised more than $21,125 for post-earthquake relief in Haiti. The district awarded the money to Philadelphia 76ers center Samuel Dalembert, a Haitian native, who agreed to match every dollar raised through his Samuel Dalembert Foundation, and use it toward a youth center outside of Port-au-Prince. Congrats everyone in Camden and Philadelphia for such a great job!
Here are a few of my favorite shots:
CAMDEN — Song and dance filled the Dudley Elementary School auditorium Monday afternoon to celebrate the generosity of Camden City School students, families and staff who donated $21,125 over the past six weeks for Haitian earthquake relief.
The money was presented to Philadelphia 76ers center Samuel Dalembert — a Haitian native — who announced he would match every donated dollar.
“I want to thank every single person for what you’re doing for my country,” Dalembert told the crowd of students and families from across the city.
Camden City Schools Assistant Superintendent Linnel Wright said donations started Feb. 1 and continue to come in from children like Marcus Salgade at the Early Childhood Development Center. He brought $55 with him Monday which wasn’t in the check presented to Dalembert.
With this and other donations, the final tally may reach $23,000 when every penny is counted, she said.
“It was a great message to hear Dalembert thank our students from his heart with gratitude,” Wright said.
Dalembert said the money would be used to build a new youth center outside of Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital. He said much relief work is taking place in the capital, but the country’s rural inhabitants need just as much assistance.
“Just put yourself in their shoes, and it really ravages the heart,” Dalembert said.
Yorkshop Elementary, Cooper’s Poynt Family School, Pyne Poynt Middle School and Woodrow Wilson High School each donated the most money in their respective category of school, said school district spokesman Bart Leff.
In addition, one student from Woodrow Wilson High School, Raymond West, solicited $500 in donations.
School District Superintendent Bessie LeFra Young said she was proud of her district.
“This is a day I’ll remember,” Young said. “As ambassadors of love, hope and honor, we are born to stand together.”
Best, Joe G
– Thanks to the Courier-Post for use of this material.