Monument Student Biking 'Sea 2 Sea' for Haiti School

By Sarah Ward, juniorMonument Mountain High School
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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — This summer, an 11th grade Monument Mountain High School student plans on biking across the United States to raise awareness and much needed funds for building a new school in Jacquet, Haiti.

Peter Smith plans on leaving June 21 and bike from Seaside, Ore., to New York City, in all a 3,800 mile long journey.

After participating in Berkshire Hills Regional School District's "Give to Give" program, Peter decided to help the AVJ school.

AVJ is the Neighborhood Assembly of Jacquet, an area in Port-au-Prince. The free community school offers arts and sports programs, as well as food and health care, for about 125 children whose families cannot afford to pay for school.

Peter is working with Hot Futbol, a private nonprofit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to developing Haitian communities using organized soccer play.

"The future of Haiti faces many challenges and its hope lies in the education and welfare of its children," states Peter on his Hot Futbol page.

Through the joint effort of the school district and Hot Futbol, AVJ became a "sister school." This connection encompasses writing and Skyping between students, along with collecting supplies and donations for the school's operation.

One hundred percent of donations for Peter's ride will go toward AVJ. For donations and further information contact Elena Evans at eevanspie@gmail.com or to Hot Futbol.
Tags: bicycling,   biking,   fundraiser,   Haiti,   sister school,   

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