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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A group of middle school students from West Philadelphia are on their way to Haiti.

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Thirty eighth-graders from the Global Leadership Academy left on a bus for the Philadelphia International Airport.

To help fund the trip that’s a part of their Expedition Program, Global Leadership Academy hosted a spring jazz fundraiser.

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These students have studied the slave trade and how the Haitian Revolution became the only successful anti-slavery movement by enslaved Africans.

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The scholars also studied basic French and Haitian Creole so they can better communicate with Haitians.