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Corbett Prep Sends Shirts to Students at L’Ecole du Village in Haiti

Corbett Prep Sends Shirts to Students at L’Ecole du Village in HaitiMay 13, 2013 (Tampa, FL) – Students at L’Ecole du Village in Haiti held on tightly to their gently-worn Independent Day School Corbett Campus (IDS-CC) shirts. To these students, the shirts are as good as new.

Corbett Preparatory School of IDS, formerly known as Independent Day School, sent the first of several planned shipments of school shirts last month. The L’Ecole du Village students were so proud of their shirts, when they put them on for a picture, they didn’t want to take them off. The 132 students also wanted to be sure they could take the shirts home.

HaitiL’ Ecole du Village is a small community school on Ile-A-Vache, a small primitive island south of the mainland of Haiti, that serves students from PreK-5th grade. Ile-A-Vache is accessible only by a half-hour’s ride in a small motorboat, so supplies are scarce and the school system struggles to meet students’ needs.

When Corbett Prep Head of School Dr. Joyce Burick Swarzman heard of the school’s needs from Charmant Theodore, a native of Haiti and a friend of Corbett Prep, she immediately saw a connection.

Corbett Preparatory School of IDS had recently changed its name to honor Cornelia Corbett and the Corbett family, longtime advocates and supporters of the school. The IDS-CC shirts needed a new home, and Corbett Prep families were happy to help.

“What a joy to be able to share and make connections with others around the world!” exclaimed Dr. Swarzman. “This is just the beginning.”



Founded in 1968, Corbett Preparatory School of IDS (formerly Independent Day School - Corbett Campus) is a fully accredited, nonsectarian private school located in Tampa’s Carrollwood neighborhood. The school serves over 500 students from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade and offers the International Baccalaureate program of study for all students. Teachers are endorsed in gifted education through a master’s level grant with the University of South Florida College of Education. Corbett Prep balances a dynamic, nurturing and safe learning environment with high standards and high expectations to develop a positive approach to life and learning. Corbett Prep has become recognized as an exemplary school with over 7,000 visitors observing and learning from Corbett Prep teachers. For more information, visit or contact the Admissions Office at (813) 961-3087.