RUMSON: A TETE-A-TETE WITH TEBO, AT RFH

tebo-rfhHaitian Artist David “Tebo” Thebaud (center) is pictured with Rumson-Fair Haven Regional seniors Madeline and Theo de Quillacq, who served as Student Ambassadors during his recent visit to RFH.

Press release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

He radiates positive energy and endless creativity, and his biggest dream is to help young people with talent realize their own potential. His name is David Thebaud – or Tebo, as he is best-known in his native Haiti – and he arrived at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School on November 14, to meet once again with his biggest supporters.

As he did during his previous visit in 2014, Tebo spoke with students in French and Art classes at RFH. The students learned about Tebo’s creative process, life in present-day Haiti, and the challenges facing his art school, ELT. The students were especially eager to know more about ELT, whose full name in Creole – Espwa lavi pou Timoun – translates into “Hope for Children’s Lives.”

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RFH STUDENTS CREATE iBOOKS FOR ORPHANS

RFH French_II_StudentsRumson-Fair Haven French II students Thomas Montalbano, Chloe Reynolds, and Kenneth (Kenny) Gilvary are shown creating story books for use by children in a Haitian orphanage.

Press release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

In a group project for the French II classes of teacher Christine Berg, French II students at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School have created iBooks that will soon be enjoyed by children in Haiti.

The imaginative original stories – written in French, the literary language of the Caribbean nation – will be stored on two iPads, and shipped to an orphanage in Haiti. The project, coordinated through the Haitian People’s Support Project, is being funded by a grant from Foreign Language Educators of New Jersey.

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RUMSON: A BRIDGE TO ART AND LEARNING

RFH Haiti 2Press release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

“What they paint seems to affect their reality and somehow improve it,” said Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School senior Max Reynolds.  “It’s almost as if the artists are closing their minds and opening them at the same time to create a brilliant interpretation of their existence.”

Max was reflecting on his experience as a Student Ambassador for Myke Joseph Surpris and David Thebaud, Haitian artists and founders of the ELT Art School in Haiti. Students in RFH French and Art classes were treated to an open dialogue and a close-up look at the work of the artists and their students on October 2 and 3.

RFH French teacher Christine Berg, who was instrumental in arranging the visit, made a connection with the artists and the ELT School — which they founded in 2002 — through the Haitian People’s Support Project in 2009.

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RUMSON: ART FOR THE HAITIAN PEOPLE

Thebaud SurprisArtists David Thebaud (left) and Myke Joseph Surpris (right) visit Canvas Studio Art in Rumson on October 3, for the opening of an exhibit dedicated to the art school they co-founded in Haiti.

It has been more than four years since a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck and devastated the Caribbean country of Haiti and left thousands of people dead, injured and homeless. Since that time, a group of talented and committed Haitian artists, through a cooperative called ELT Art School, have been providing art classes and hot lunches to more than 60 children who survived the trauma of that event.

On Friday, October 3 from 3-6 pm, Canvas Studio Art at 126 East River Road in Rumson will host an opening reception for two of the founders of the ELT Art School, artists Myke Joseph Surpris and David Thebaud. To raise funds for the school, Surpris and Thebaud will be exhibiting and selling about 50 pieces of Haitian artwork made by them and other artists in the cooperative. Smaller pieces created by children from the ELT Art School will also be on display. The public is invited to attend the opening reception, meet the artists and enjoy light refreshments.

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RFH STUDENTS HELP HAITIAN KIDS’ LITERACY

RFH HaitiStudents from Christine Berg’s French II Class with the “big books” they created in French after learning about a shortage of reading resources in Haiti.

Press release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

Youngsters at the La Creche Orphanage in Haiti recently received a meaningful gift from students studying French at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School.

The RFH students created colorfully illustrated “big books” that were transported to the orphanage by a grateful Pierre LeRoy, co-founder of the Haitian People’s Support Project. A nationwide shortage of resources is creating a stumbling block for the organization’s goal of increasing literacy rates among Haitian children.

Upon hearing about the shortage of reading materials, the students in Christine Berg’s French II classes and Lauren Thieme’s French IV class took matters into their own hands. They created original story books written in the Haitian children’s native language of French.

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