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Intermediate Students Donate Care Items to Haiti

The holiday season is a time for giving and students at Johnson City are giving to those in another country.

Twenty four classrooms in Johnson City Intermediate School have been collecting items throughout the month of December to send to Haiti. Donated items were put together to create 500 personal care kits to send with SUNY Broome Professor Dr. Jennifer Musa and her Global Service Learning class.

Dr. Musa recently visited the intermediate school to discuss Haiti and their struggles due to multiple hurricanes and an earthquake. After the visit, Johnson City students wanted to find ways to help the country.

Classes in grades three through five raised money for the kits by selling bracelets and hosting face painting during the school’s “spirit day”. Items such as hand sanitizer, ice packs and reading glasses were included in the personal care kits.

Professor Dr. Jennifer Musa said, "I'm blown away by what they accomplished in just a few weeks. They really are amazing kids to have done all this for their neighbors in Haiti."

The college students will be visiting the community of Grand Saline. According to Musa, the people in this community do not have access to any clean water. So while in Haiti the class will be installing a water filtration system and discussing health education.

Dr. Musa and her class will be leaving for Haiti January 4.