Riverside School in Greenwich Hosts ‘Vacation for Haiti’ Event as Part of ‘Valuable Lesson’ in Community Service


GREENWICH – Riverside School hosted its fourth annual “Holidays to Haiti” community service event to connect and help students at Danita’s Children, a school in a poor part of Haiti.

“Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and has been overwhelmed by hardship, natural disasters and COVID-19,” said Christopher Weiss, principal of Riverside School, in a statement. “Asking our students to help people who are considerably more difficult in their daily lives is a meaningful and valuable lesson that will resonate with them for years to come. “

In last month’s program, local students were virtually matched with more than 350 children in need at the Haitian School, which educates students from kindergarten through 12th grade and middle school.

According to his website, The Children of Danita save, love and care for orphans and impoverished children in Haiti, meeting their physical, emotional, educational and spiritual needs so that they are empowered to become leaders in their communities and nation.


Each student in Greenwich had the opportunity to connect with a Haitian child in need by selecting their photo, decorating a card with a greeting message and attaching a photo of themselves.

Money raised in the community service project in Riverside was used for backpacks, school essentials and a school-wide celebration, where Haitian students received their personalized cards sent to them. by the students of Riverside.

Additional funds went to the Danita Children’s Medical and Malnutrition Center, which provides access to health care for children in Haiti who suffer from malnutrition and other treatable illnesses.

Riverside students proudly raised over $ 11,000 this year for the event.

Originally developed as a joint effort between the school and the PTA, the School’s Community Service Initiative aims to connect students with communities in need and foster a culture of giving back with its student population throughout the year, according to a PTA press release.

“There’s an air of excitement every year at the school’s graduation party,” said Karris Hudson, vice president of Danita’s Children. “Our children light up when they receive their gifts and cards from the Riverside community. During a recent food delivery, I noticed one of these gift toys hanging on a student’s wall inside their house. These gifts mean everything to these children who have so little, and the generosity of the Riverside community makes their vacations so bright.

For more information on the Riverside Community Service Project, visit https://riversidepta.membershiptoolkit.com/holidaysforhaiti or send an email to [email protected]


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