PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A group of middle school students from West Philadelphia are on their way to Haiti.READ MORE: Philadelphia Police Officer Has Strong Message For Son's Killers After Hyram Hill Killed In Targeted Shooting
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.READ MORE: Manor College Students Past, Present 'Very Angry And Frustrated' About Ukraine-Russia Tensions
These students have studied the slave trade and how the Haitian Revolution became the only successful anti-slavery movement by enslaved Africans.MORE NEWS: Philadelphia Police Officer Injured After Being Dragged By Vehicle During Traffic Stop: Police
The scholars also studied basic French and Haitian Creole so they can better communicate with Haitians.