April 4, 2017

St. Stanislaus students donate soccer balls and Legos to Haiti Plunge program

Staff report

St. Stanislaus Students-Haiti Donations

Students at St. Stanislaus Kostka School in Adams display soccer balls and Lego sets they collected to donate to Haitian children through the local Haiti Plunge program. (IObserve photo/courtesy of St. Stanislaus Kostka School)

ADAMS – Students in St. Stanislaus Kostka School presented soccer balls and Lego sets to Holly Palardy for children living in rural Haiti. Palardy is the assistant director of The Haiti Plunge, a mission founded by Sister of St. Joseph Eunice Tassone through the Cote Center 30 years ago.

Money for the gifts was raised by the students during Catholic Schools Week.             

Catholic Schools Week, celebrated nationally by Catholic schools during the last week in January, spotlights the value of Catholic school education. During the week, daily activities are dedicated to one of the elements of Catholic schools: faith, service and knowledge. 

This year, during Vocations Day, Sister Tassone, a native of North Adams, spoke to students about her vocation and the Haiti Plunge mission. At a schoolwide presentation, she gave an overview of the work now being done in Haiti and what it is like to be a child growing up in the poor, weather-ravaged country.

Students learned that while Haitian children’s lives are very different from their own on many levels, they do have something in common: They love soccer and Legos. 

As part of Service Day during Catholic Schools Week, students typically engage in a fundraising activity for a local or diocesan charity. This year, after learning about the Haitian children, they enthusiastically participated in a spell-a-thon for their purchases. Sister Tassone will bring the balls and Legos with her on her next trip to Haiti in April. 

More information on The Haiti Plunge can be found at

For information on Catholic Schools Week, call St. Stanislaus Kostka School at 413-743-1091.