Seventh-graders at the Pegasus School in Huntington Beach ended the academic year with much more than lessons from textbooks. They gave less fortunate students in another country the gift of an education.
The students spent the entire academic year working with a team of three other schools from around the country — Texas, Massachusetts and Hollywood — to raise funds and rebuild a school in Haiti, said Jim Conti, social studies teacher at Pegasus.
Elie Dubois School in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, is one of many schools that were destroyed by last year's devastating earthquake.
"I personally don't think there should be any boundaries between all countries," said seventh-grader Matin Eshaghi, 12, who participated in the fundraiser. "I wanted to make Haiti a better place, and I felt good about myself that I was doing this, so I decided to do this and help them."
Over the academic year, the Pegasus students raised about $2,500, money that will be matched by the Bezos Family Foundation, an organization that supports educational programs.