Our friend and former editor of The Bell Tower Joan Forman has sent this article:
Bright School Students Decorate Wooden Bells To Help In Haitian Relief
by Kim Brown
posted January 23, 2010
Last week, as news spread of the heartbreaking devastation gripping Haiti in the wake of the earthquake, Bright School students and faculty wanted to help. The Bright School community felt a moral obligation to answer the call to action. It was also a prime opportunity to teach students what it truly means to be “wise and compassionate citizens of the world” (the school’s mission).
For many years, a wooden bell rested in a place of prominence in the school office. Carved on the bell is the word “Haiti” and a Haitian proverb: “No one listens to the cry of the poor or the sound of a wooden bell.” The bell was a gift from a former teacher who picked it up in Haiti while doing mission work.
Inspired by the artifact, the Bright Bells for Haiti aid relief effort was launched. Each student, teacher and staff member decorated a wooden bell. These bells are being sold at the school for $5 each, with all proceeds designated for the Children’s Nutrition Program in Haiti (http://www.cnphaiti.org ). The organization was founded in 1998 by a group of Chattanoogans, and the agency is actively working in Haiti right now.
“We hope that everyone will join in our efforts to provide an immediate, meaningful response to families in Haiti,” said O.J. Morgan, Head of School. “We seek to fulfill our mission to be wise and compassionate citizens of the world.”