Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIAE) supports St. Dominic students in “Our Heart for Haiti” project

Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIAE) made a contribution of US$650 to students of the St. Dominic High School for the “Our Heart for Haiti” project.

The high school and its Parents Teachers Association (PTA) had requested the donation to assist with travel-related expenses for its students to the Caribbean country.

Leadership though volunteer action is what the above St. Dominic High School students are about, as they pose in the Princess Juliana Int’l Airport terminal after receiving an airport donation to assist with their “Our Heart for Haiti” project. (PJIA photo)

In response to the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti in January 2010, St. Dominic High School had committed itself to a five-year program through which to help victims of the quake, said principal J. Verschueren-Sommers.

During the mid-year school vacation in 2011, four students from the school’s IB program and a teacher went to Haiti to volunteer at an orphanage. The initiative was such a success that other students wanted to follow suit by going to Haiti this year, said Verschueren-Sommers.

Students have invested themselves in the program and raised money to aid with the trip. Previous group members also mentored new group members with necessary information to assist them in their duties related to the volunteer work, said PTA president Ursula Dijkhoffz.

Four students were scheduled to depart St. Maarten for Haiti on June 27 to contribute their part to the “Our Heart for Haiti” project.

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