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Roosevelt pitches in for Haiti kids

Teachers Lynn Schram, left Jen Hendrickson, second from right, and their students presented TeacHaiti representative Ann Shane, right, with money they raised from collecting change and having a Hat Day for Haiti fund-raiser. Shane said the money will be used to help Haiti children with school supplies so they can attend school again.1 / 3
Alyssa Mitchell participated in Hat Day for Haiti.2 / 3
Thomas McKenzie participated in Hat Day for Haiti.3 / 3

Children helping children.

That's what some students at Roosevelt Elementary School in Detroit Lakes are doing for some students in Haiti.

This will go to the "TeacHaiti kids to directly replace backpacks and the things that will help them get back to school," Ann Shane said, who is on the TeacHaiti board.

A second and a first grade class helped raise over $700 for the Haiti children.

"This will directly impact the earthquake victims," Shane said.

Teachers Jen Hendrickson and Trish Mariotti's first grade class "started off talking about the earthquake and saw pictures and wanted to do something," Henrickson said.

First they wanted to donate toys, but after contacting the Red Cross, they learned that a money donation would be better. So the kids started collecting change.

They collected $407.08.

Lynn Schram's second grade class also wanted to help the children of Haiti.

"They said, 'let's do something, let's do something,'" she said of her students.

They decided to have Hat Day for Haiti.

Students had to pay at least a quarter to be able to wear a hat all day during school. They raised $323.51.

Shane, who accepted the donation on behalf of the TeacHaiti, said she's been in contact with Miquette Denie, who started the TeacHaiti program, and wanted to thank the children. She said that Denie may be returning to the area this spring and would like to thank the children face-to-face.