There are 17 English department electives at Staples High School.
Caribbean Literature is one. It might not seem like a likely choice in a suburban district. But the curriculum introduces students to the memoirs and novels — and art and culture — of islands they might otherwise know only as resorts.
It gets them thinking.
In partnership with the Vassar Haiti Project, 6 students in Ann Neary’s class organized a show featuring Haitian artists and craftspeople.
It’s a fundraiser to buy medical supplies and hot food for Chermaitre — a city where some youngsters walk 2 hours to school.
The event is set for this Saturday (January 6), from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. outside the Staples auditorium.
Matilda Ardisson, Liv Ekholdt, Brian Katz, Dylan Middlebrook, Amanda Neckritz and Jake Phillips hope you’ll come. And while you’re there, they’ll be happy to tell you about Caribbean literature too.