A boy stands in the doorframe of a house that tumbled down the side of a steep valley during last month's 7.0 earthquake in the Sainte Marie neighborhood February 26, 2010 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Six weeks since a 7.0 earthquake destroyed much of Haiti and killed more than 200,000, more than 1.2 million people remain homeless and rely on aid, security and shelter from the international community.
Students at Rockwall I.S.D. are making a difference in the lives of people affected by the devastating earthquake in Haiti, with help from the rest of the community.
"Its instilling good values in my children to pass on, it also is helping the community and the world,” said mother Deborah Shultz.
The group of nearly a thousand spent the day creating a million meals to send to Haiti.
"It’s just awesome like this morning we started here at 4:30, we had over 100 community volunteers and student volunteers and staff and our community always supports our students so we're just really pleased to be a part of it," said superintendent Gene Barton.
The district partnered with the organization Rachel’s Challenge to make it happen. This is the third year Rockwall has taken part in the program.
Rachel's Challenge was created in memory of Rachel Scott, the first victim of the Columbine tragedy 11 years ago. The project started after her father found a letter she had written prior to her death.
"It was an essay she had written for a 5th period class called ethics and codes of life and in it she challenged her readers to start a chain reaction of kindness," said Rachel’s father, Darrell Scott.
The millionth meal was handed over to a Haitian representative Thursday evening. The presentation was also streamed live to the village in Haiti that will receive the meals.