School’s ‘empanada’ bake sale raises $1,400 for Haiyan families

Amb. Jose Cuisia meets with pupils from the Latin American Montessori Bilingual Public Charter School in Washington D.C.  A $1,400 donation was turned over for Haiyan families. Embassy photo by Elmer G. Cato

Amb. Jose Cuisia meets with pupils from the Latin American Montessori Bilingual Public Charter School in Washington D.C. A $1,400 donation was turned over for Haiyan families. Embassy photo by Elmer G. Cato

Students from the Latin American Montessori Bilingual Public Charter School in Washington, D.C. baked ‘empanadas’ and brownies, sold them and raised $1,400 for the families who survived Typhoon Haiyan in the Visayas.

Maya Woods-Arthur, 12, her younger sister Zoe, 8, and two other students turned over to Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. money they were able to raise from an afternoon bake sale the school organized.

“We sold cookies and ‘empanadas’ to raise funds for emergency kits,” said Maya, with Zoe chiming in: “I baked chocolate Oreo cookies, mint chocolate chip cookies, and brownies.”

“The Philippines is a lovely place…I am so sorry that the devastation has hit such a nice country. I am thinking of the people without homes,” wrote Maya in a Book of Condolences opened by the embassy for anyone who would like to send messages for the typhoon survivors.

Parent representatives Denise Woods and occupational therapist Mya Zavaleta-Ford accompanied the four children during their visit to the embassy.

Ambassador Cuisia said he was grateful for the funds donated by the Latin American Montessori community.

“I cannot tell you how thankful we are for the help we have received, especially from children like you. You chose to help people you don’t even know who live thousands of miles away. It means a lot. Thank you,” Cuisia told the four children.

The donation was then turned over to Executive Director Hank Hendrickson of the U.S.-Philippines Society, which has been working with organizations directly involved in typhoon relief efforts.



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