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Thursday, June 19, 2014 -Mason County Journal - Page A-19 Paying education forward She/ton resident aims to raise money for school in Haiti with concert ABOVE: Students eat lunch in the cafeteria at the Christville Christian School in Fondfred, Haiti. Members of the Shelton First Baptist Church helped build the cafeteria in January. Charles Sylvain, who grew up in Fondfred, has organized the Souri Concert at 6 p.m. June 21 at the Shelton High School Performing Arts Center to raise more money for the school. RIGHT: Sylvain, who received an anonymous donation to pay for his education, aims to return the favor by raising money from the concert. By NATALIE JOHNSON natalie@masoncoun corn Charles Sylvain knows what basic education can do for children in poverty in Haiti. "In Haiti, without education, you're pretty much nothing," said Sylvain, 32, who grew up in Haiti near the city of Les Cayes. "If you go to Haiti and you meet a teenager and ask, 'What do you want me to do for you?' they say, 'Help me with my educa- tion.' " With the help of friends in the community and the Shelton First Baptist Church, Sylvain has scheduled a fundraising concert to benefit a school near where he was raised in Haiti. The Souri concert -- which means "smile" in French -- is scheduled for 6 p.m. June 21 at the Shelton High School Performing Arts Center. Tickets cost a donation of $5. Students at SHS and performers George Mick and Mariah McDonald will perform. The fundraiser benefits the Christville Christian School in Fondfred, a small village near Les Cayes. The school was founded by Master's Hands Ministry, an American nonprofit group. The school, which goes through eighth grade, has about 250 students and 12 staff members, Sylvain said. Each staff member makes $20 or $30 a month, he said. see CONCERT, page A-24 HAFISTINE ISLAND NEWS Pioneer school's summer food program offers free meals his time of year you don't want to blink because things are happening on the island -- what with artist open houses, plays, markets, beach activities, boating, clamming, concerts and 100-year community hall celebrations. It will be tough to find time to do it all. The Pioneer School District will sponsor the Seamless Summer Feeding Program for children. Meals will be available free to all people ages 18 and younger. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to noon July 7 to Aug. 1 at the Pioneer School. For more information, give Liz Winchell a call at 426- 9115. World-touring recording artist Marina Gennadiev- na Verenikina, simply known as Marina V., will be perform- ing at the Hartstene Pointe Clubhouse on Saturday. You By MIKE CALLAGHAN 6:30 p.m. The concert will run from 7-9 p.m. Call Doug Mc- Graw at 426-0883 for more information. Pat LaClair is looking for men to volunteer for an up- coming fashion show. Please contact her if interested. Her phone number is 426-0797. Following up on last week's column, here are a few other vendors who call Harstine Island's farmers market home. James Strom writes under the name James Malcolm. He has lived on the island for three years and has sold at the market for as many years. His books include the three-book "Phoenix Quest" series. This adult fantasy fiction is set around 1350 B.C. "ANThology" is an eight-book series (five published). This is an epic fan- tasy about nine educated, cap- can meet apd greet Manna a.t _ tive gnts_t_h.at are .mi'racu!ously given the gift of freedom and embark on a nonstop adven- ture into the wild searching for a queen. These books are available at the market signed for $15 each. Jan Barnett owns Salish Sea Soaps. She lives out on Shelton Valley Road and is new to the market. She plans on being at the market every other Satur- day. Jan raises Nigerian dwarf goats and makes goats' milk soap. She also raises organic plants and produce, and sells tomato starts, pepper plants and other organic vegetables. Cynthia Schwerzler lives in downtown Shelton and this is her first year at the mar- ket. She said she likes it here and plans to be at the market every Saturday. She makes handmade bird cards. They are made on strips of paper from Italy. She has a friend who used to be a professional paint- er and he gave her lessons on how to make them. Each card is one of a kind, made out of pressed flowers.and leaves_.. June 21 is open mic at the Fresh Start Market & Deli. With the great weath- er, they have been able to ex- pand seating to the patio area, where they put speakers, so you don't miss a thing. Mick and Laura continue to produce wonderful music and organize the queue of talent. Plan to come early for a good seat, around 5 p.m. Mark your calendars for the upcoming Harstine Island Community Club Centen- nial Art & Much More auction from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on July 25. This is going to be an excit- ing event. The auction items have been collected. Raffle tickets for the Churn Dash quilt are now being sold at the farmers market and other island events. Tickets are available for a $2 donation each. The drawing will be at 8 p.m. the night of the auction. Creating a quilt to com- memorate our community hall's centennial celebra- tion drew together qmraon. " treads from our island's past to our current Harstine com- munity. The project idea was started by women's club and it was lead by Carol Bush. With each stitch made and square created, one could almost feel the presence of those from our island's past as we welcome the rekindled unity of commu- nity the project created. The design chosen, named the Churn Dash, originated in the 1800s. Its name is a result of its resemblance to a butter churn and center stick. The nine-patch design uses a few elements -- triangles, rect- angles and squares -- making it a favorite for beginners. It is also easily elaborated on by advanced quilters. This work of art has cre- ated memories and strength- ened friendships for the quilters, just like those of islander's past. Your chance to win this piece of history can be had by buying a raffle ticket at one of the UPcoming hall events now.and ntil, auction day.