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Hopping for Haiti

San Antonio Students Raise Money To Build Home For Young Haitian Earthquake Victim

SAN ANTONIO - How much will $2 buy you?

In Haiti, that's the amount of money the average person lives on a day.

But at St. Gregory the Great Catholic School, located in northwest San Antonio, $2 bought hope to a little girl from Haiti, recovering from injuries she suffered in last year's deadly earthquake there.

For the second year in a row, the students at St. Gregory's held their "Hopping for Haiti" fundraiser, with proceeds going to help build a new home for the family of Bethlie Paul. She's the little girl who was med-evac'd to San Antonio last year, shortly after a 7.0 magnititude earthquake leveled her home, fracturing her leg. Bethlie was trapped under the remenants of her school for more than seven hours, before she was rescued from the debris. She arrived in San Antonio, where she and her mother now live with KSAT 12 News Anchor Steve Spriester and his family.

Bethlie's story has inspired so many in San Antonio, and it has given way to a community-wide effort to assist with rebuilding efforts in Leogane, the epicenter of the earthquake, and Bethlie's hometown. That effort has led to the creation of A Home For Haiti, a nonprofit organization that is working to build a new home for three generations of Bethlie's family.

Today's "Hopping for Haiti" event was part of that fundraising effort. The kids donated at least $2 per person before packing the school gym, where they hopped for several minutes. The event was the culmination of the school's "Great Speakers Series," which featured Spriester, his wife Nicole Foy and Bethlie.


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