ESL Students Collect Money to Support Haitian Relief


Savannah Technical College ESL students have launched a fund drive to support Haitian relief efforts in the wake of this week’s earthquake. The students will be collecting money on Tuesday, January 19 from 7:45 – 2 p.m. in Trailer 6 on the college’s Savannah Campus. Donations will also be accepted by the cashier in the Campus Shop.

Money raised will be donated to Doctors Without Borders to support that organization’s work in the region.

When the earthquake hit Port au Prince, Haiti this week, one Savannah Technical College student was especially affected – her family, including her son, brother and niece who were working to come to America – were at home in Haiti. She has since heard that they survived the quake, but their home was destroyed. Another student, a doctor from Argentina, has experience with Doctors Without Borders and will facilitate the group’s gift.

ESL Department Head and longtime instructor Karen Penick says it’s not uncommon for her students to respond to world events.

“We make an effort to keep them in touch with what’s going on in the world because it has a special significance for them,” she says.

Previous efforts have included raising money when there was flooding in Africa last year and in support of relief efforts for tropical storms and hurricanes affecting Caribbean countries.

Savannah Technical College has more than 100 international students from 30 countries.


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