Yesterday we spoke with a combined class of 1st and 8th graders at the North Fork School in central California. Our presentation was a little geography, a little history and a lot of comparing a typical day in the life of a California student to that of a Haitian student. The students asked some very good questions and were surprise at the limited opportunities Haitian students have. We shared with them our belief that education is the best way to end poverty. These students have decided to make Be the Power of One a month long focus in their fund raising efforts to help make the world a better place. We appreciate the chance to share our story and applaud the students and staff at North Fork School for their efforts to make a difference.
Speaking of history, did you know that it was the Haitian slave revolt at the end of the 18th century that facilitated the French selling the Louisiana Territory to the United States? They needed the money to support the war effort in Haiti. The map of the US may have looked very different if it wasn't for the Haitian revolt.