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Area Students Head for Haiti

April 26, 2012
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A group of students at Lower Merion High School are headed to Haiti on May 12 to build a new school in a rural section of the nation that, two years ago, was devastated by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake.

Students themselves conceived of the project and have raised nearly $70,000 to make it happen. Of the 18 students set to travel to the Caribbean for two weeks -- and miss school -- at least seven are Jewish.

The students' philanthropic efforts are being harnessed through buildOn, a national non-profit organization that mobilizes teenagers to perform community service stateside and travel to developing nations to help construct new school buildings.

Lower Merion students have formed their own buildOn chapter -- which has 250 members -- and through this group have volunteered in a host of local community-building endeavors.

Students raised the funds by organizing a series of bowling nights and talent shows.

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