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High school team needs to get to robotics competition! Please help!

by erik on April 1st, 2011

Last week The Root wrote about a great story in the New York Daily News:

Building robots at school wasn’t something Margely Saint-Pierre could have ever imagined back home in Haiti, even before his high school was destroyed in last year’s devastating earthquake.

But at the It Takes a Village Academy in East Flatbush, he’s a member of a robotics team that’s made up almost entirely of Haitian immigrants like him, and it feels like a family.

The students just won the chance to enter their robot in a prestigious competition in St. Louis, but they need to raise money to pay for the trip.

“It’s like a dream come true,” said Margely, 17, who saw 10 friends die in the aftermath of last year’s earthquake before his parents sent him to stay with his uncle, a police officer who lives in Canarsie.

The junior with an 80 average is just one of a dozen students on the school’s robotics team who emigrated from Haiti – half of them since the earthquake.

My mom used to volunteer to coach a school robotics team. These are great, great programs, and this team has done an incredible job. They also need help raising the $15,000 they need to get to the St. Louis Robotics Competition, which starts in just a few weeks! I emailed the Brooklyn Community Foundation to find out how to donate directly to the team, and they send me this url:

Giant Donate Now Link

It’s a great cause! Please donate what you can!

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