Through donating, students take part in global community
March 9, 2010
By Eric Bice
These past few months have taught me something very important about the students at Liberty High School. They have taught me that despite the worst economic recession of our lifetimes, we have been able to step up and contribute our hard-earned money toward Haitian relief efforts.
Haiti was devastated by an earthquake and represents a country in dire need of our monetary support. This is important, because there is no greater need for children to give than toward Haiti, and as of recently, Chile.I have been surprised at just how far some students have gone in helping these countries with which we have little connection. One student even went as far as selflessly donating the money he received for his birthday. In all, Liberty students have raised $1,405 for the Haitian relief effort, despite having a small school population, which includes a number of families dealing with job lay-offs and other financial issues.
Kids at Liberty are beginning to realize that they are part of a global community and not just the isolated community they call home. What is astounding about this is the fact that kids are looking at themselves as young adults who should take an active interest in striving for the common welfare of everyone.
As many of these students prepare to graduate in June, they will walk away from 12 years of public education with a greater understanding of the benefits of serving others. Whether you donate blood, time or money, you will be happy knowing you have made a difference in someone’s life.
In these difficult economic times, the tendency is to withdraw from making donations due to self pity. The true cure for this, however, comes from the deep satisfaction associated with helping those who are even less fortunate than yourself.