Washington high school graduation requirements include a "Culminating Exhibition", where 12th grade students must work on a project of their liking that will demonstrate their perseverance in learning a new skill or hobby.
In Everett, Cascade high school student, Michelle Cho (17), has used her C.E. opportunity to organize a charity event benefiting less privileged medical students in Haiti.
Her mentor, Jamie Hatleberg, came up with the idea for the project in Summer of 2010. After the tragic earthquake that took the lives of thousands in Haiti in January, Jamie (who is a practicing nurse) went to Port-Au-Prince to lend her services for Haiti Relief. There, she first-handedly met remarkable young locals who, when in time of deep emotional distress, found in their hearts the desire to help their community in this time of need. Before the earthquake, these young men and women were attending college for degrees in medicine and other humanitarian studies. Among other things, the natural disaster stripped them of their opportunities, leaving them with no financial resources to continue their education.
Jamie began thinking of ways to help these young individuals continue their educations. She thought that by helping these young students, they will be able to fulfill their dreams of helping their own communities. One student, Samuel Fertil, has dreams of opening up a non-profit medical clinic for the needy in Haiti. Jamie's vision is to one day start a non-profit organization that will go specifically to helping Haitian college students that study humanitarian degrees like medicine pay for college.
The charity event will be a dinner and silent auction at Under the Red Umbrella Bistro in North Everett on December 11, 2010 at 6:00 pm. Tickets will be $20 at the door and will include a three course meal and one complimentary drink (beer, wine or soda). All of the auction items have been donated by local private businesses and community members with gifts ranging from small kitchen supplies to a weekend stay in a local Bed and Breakfast's suite. The auction comes just in time for the holiday gifting season.
Cascade High School's National Honor Society will have their members serving food and refreshments at the charity event (which was cleverly named Students Helping Students Abroad).
Our local community has come together in hopes of helping a less fortunate community thousands of miles away, even in our tough economic times. This proves that the holiday spirit of giving and charity is still alive and kicking in the Puget Sound Area...