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Haitian Staff Touched by Support of High School Students

7:45 AM, Jan 29, 2010   |    comments
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ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Students from Bartram Trail High school are lifting the spirits of Haitian custodians who work at their school by hosting a concert to raise money for Haiti.

"Donations means love for me," said custodian John Alexander who was born and raised in Haiti.  "That's love."

Principal Brennan Asplen said ten of the school's custodians are from Haiti.  Asplen said there was instant concern from students and other staff when the devastating earthquake rocked Haiti.

"Anytime something like this happens, our students always want to do something," said Asplen.

Cindy Ecclesiastre is a junior at the school. She has Haitian roots, and had many friends and family impacted by the earthquake.

"No matter what you have, it can make a really big difference for those in need," said Ecclesiastre.

As the melodies filled the auditorium, custodian Marie Augustin spread her arms in praise.  She swayed and sang, and also wiped her eyes as she remembered those she lost in Haiti.

Alexander said it's hard for the staff not to think of those left to suffer in Haiti.

"(Our family and friends) are doing okay now but they are living outside now because no one can get in a house in Haiti now," said Alexander.

Donations raised at the school will go to several First Coast based charities working for relief in Haiti including Solid Seed Inc., First Haitian Baptist Church, and Dayspring Mission.

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