SPARTA, NJ – The student at Sparta’s Alpine Elementary School received a gift from Haiti earlier this month.  Ilsa Wolfe, former Sparta resident, brought a handmade gift made by students at a school in Haiti who have been the beneficiaries of Alpine students’ fundraising efforts for HOW Global. 

On November 4 Wolfe brought the thank you gift and shared news about the effect of Alpine’s fundraising efforts on the students in Haiti.  Wolfe said money collected by the students at Alpine,  Mohawk Avenue School and Helen Morgan School helped one school build a new roof so children can go to school when it rains.  The money also went to clean water initiatives, according to Wolfe. 

Wolfe, associated with HOW Global, has come to Alpine school for years to talk with Sparta’s youngest students about assisting people without access to clean drinking water. HOW Global has several drinking water initiatives from providing filter straws, to building pumps and rain water collection systems.

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"It was huge honor to receive this beautiful homemade plaque from the people of Haiti.  I feel like our efforts have really made a difference and it touches my heart, " Kindergarten teacher Laura Ruggiero said. “We

feel that helping others through How Global teaches our students to be responsible global citizens."

Wolfe speaks with the students each year to help them understand what it means, especially for children, to live without access to clean water.  The students are then engaged in related activities including collecting coins in water bottles to be donated to HOW.

“This lovely gift will be hung up at Alpine School and will be a special reminder of our friends in Haiti,” Kindergarten teacher Michelle Abbate said.