Making a Difference: Haines City students adopt Philippines' Lubao National High School

6:05 PM, May 16, 2013   |    comments
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Haines City, Florida -- Haines City High School's Creativity Action Service Club gave an update to one of their biggest sponsors.

"What we decided to do was create a sister school program in the Philippines," said former club President Veronica Cinibulk.

Hearing of the obstacles students at Lubao National High School have, they decided it was their duty to help by raise money so they could give them the basic necessities -- but that wasn't enough.

"We knew that even though we would fundraise everyday it would still be difficult to come up with enough money to help all the students at Lubao National High School that we needed to help, so we went around to different businesses and sponsors," Cinibulk said.

"We were really impressed that there's a group of young students from America planning to go to the Philippines and help those who are in need," said sponsor Dr. Jain.

Faculty advisor Imelda Tice personally delivered the items to the school.

"To provide uniforms to 300 students -- that was the number one need that the principal expressed to us," said Tice.

They also donated a 42" flat screen T.V. for their Remedial Reading Program along with other school supplies, but Mrs. Tice says this ongoing project is about more than donations.

"No matter how poor or lacking you are in terms of monetary or supplies, you should still be able to do some form of community service," said Tice.

The students in Lubao were very thankful and wanted to give back.

"They've actually done quite a bit of things. They've planted trees, gone to orphanages, they visited nursing homes, they work with a nursery," described Tice.

She wasn't the only one who had the chance to see the students in Lubao face to face. With technology today, IB students are able to chat with their sister school too.

Doctor Jain said he is very proud of the students at Haines City High, and knowing his money is putting smiles on children's faces near and far, makes all the difference in the world.

"The fact that they have done this at this stage of their lives, we know that they can be future leaders."

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