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Empowering Children to Change the World

A recent fundraiser at Paperdoll Boutique in downtown Rockford raised money for a very special non-profit organization designed to give children in Haiti a better future. Below is the mission statement of the organization, the Power of Education. Paperdoll friend and shopper Jen Masternak is a local supporter of the school. According to Erika Morgan, owner of Paperdoll, kids in Haiti do not get to attend school unless they have money to pay for their education. Masternak became involved in the school, which allows children to attend for free.

As part of Paperdoll’s 13th anniversary, Erica held a fun raffle for customers, who had the chance to win a variety of gifts and goodies. All raffle money was donåated to the Power of Education Foundation, so those who bought tickets were helping kids in Haiti in a real and permanent way. Paperdoll’s customers raised $670, which will be spent to purchase over 1,300 hot lunches for the school.

We believe educated students have the power to change their lives, their community and the world.

PEF has a two part mission.  In developing countries, we believe a holistic approach to education is essential, not only providing access to quality education, but also medical and nutritional support, teacher training and parent education.  Our long term project involves a primary school in Port au Prince, Haiti that serves students who would otherwise not have access to a school.  In developed countries, we strive to raise students’ awareness and sensitivity to global issues by developing compassion and empathy through interactive lesson plans and meaningful service projects.   We are able to show students a direct connection with the work they have done and their impact on our school in Haiti.  Connecting students, teachers, parents and others in the developed world to those in the developing world creates a mutually beneficial relationship that elevates academic standards in both settings by creating access to critical resources in vulnerable schools and global awareness in stable schools.

Education is a basic human right that every child should have.  Whether a child is learning to read and write or learning to how to take an active role in their community, the lessons they learn will shape their view of the world and how they live their life. To become involved in helping the school, or to make a donation, visit powerofeducationfoundation.org.


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