February 25, 2010

Salem donations for Haiti relief taken to Connecticut

Haiti Donations

It was mid-winter break from school, but that didn’t stop Salem Central School teachers Jane Lourie and Valeda McLenithan from completing an act of generosity and volunteerism. The two, pictured above in the back row, left and right, drove from Salem to Bridgeport, Connecticut last Wednesday to drop of 42 boxes of goods donated by members of the Salem community for Haitian relief following the devastating earthquake activity that took place there last month. The goods from Salem were to go first to Housatonic Community College (HCC) and on to Haiti through the auspices of the college. Also in the picture, in the foreground from left to right are Housatonic students Lisa Boyd, Kirk Wesley, and Mike Belletzkie. Standing between Mrs. Lourie and Mrs. McLenithan is HCC President Anita T. Gliniecki, who was on hand to welcome the Salem teachers and the generous donations from the people of the Salem school district.

Mrs. Lourie is the Salem elementary school student council advisor. She sought out HCC after having difficulty
finding a way to transport the Salem donations to Haiti. “We’re grateful to Housatonic Community College for its
willingness to help us get these items to the needy people in Haiti,” she said.