The Have Faith Haiti school has two treasured traditions to welcome, and wave goodbye, to each school year. An ice cream filled dance party takes place each September before the first day of school, during which students get to select their backpacks, and fill their pencil cases with necessary school basics like pencils, highlighters, and a sharpener.
At the end of the year, the last day of school is also a party. We call it a graduation, but it’s really a celebration of the academic excellence achieved through the year. Students receive certificates and honors and perform skits in French. This academic year, we added an English oral presentation class to the schedule, so the older children also has a chance to display their new skills with oral presentations in English. The assigned topic? Their teachers! They spoke eloquently and very appreciatively about their teachers and how fortunate they are to be getting a high-quality education.
The supplies and backpacks from the beginning of the year are donated annually through the back-to-school wish list from generous sponsors and supporters. We’ll be posting information about the wish list for the 2017-2018 academic year soon.