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Louisiana students learn on trip to help Haitians

Posted on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 9:47 am

Three Louisiana High School students and several others from the area recently got a life experience in a trip to help Haitians.
Bailey Wallace, Chadwick Dowell and Dawson Miller made the trip with Louisiana High Interact Group and instructor Dr. John Piccone. They were accompanied by students from Bowling Green, Hannibal and Curryville.
The students helped begin a new cement block school house for Haitian students in St. Marc, which is still ravaged by damage from the 2010 earthquake.

“The school is underway and moving along,” Piccone told the R-II School District Board on Monday, July 21.
The school had 80 students, K-8 who were using a makeshift school built over a garbage dump, Piccone said.
“The kids learned a lot about wealth and third world countries,” Piccone said.
Schools were quiet because students realized it was a privilege for them to be there and wanted to make the best of it, Piccone said. Many graduates of the school will go on to study a trade for three more years, he added.
Students also made rock revetment baskets to hold up a hillside for another school. They also provided the Haitian students soccer balls and jump ropes, he added.

The three students were busy during the trip, often starting at 6 a.m. and going until 11 p.m., Piccone said.
The students also enjoyed their stay with music concerts and interaction with Haitians, Piccone said.