HONOLULU — School faculty and volunteers from Kaiser Permanente gathered for a community workday at Koko Head Elementary School today to help beautify the campus. This marks Kaiser Permanente’s third community workday of 2018, part of an ongoing initiative to support healthy learning environments for keiki by restoring and beautifying school campuses.
Volunteers completed general maintenance in the school parking lot, including restriping parking stall lines. Kaiser Permanente provided monetary support for the project and lunch for volunteers.
“We’re grateful to our employees and school volunteers for joining us today to help beautify Koko Head Elementary,” said David Underriner, president of Kaiser Permanente in Hawaii. “Our commitment to community service includes volunteering our time and efforts toward creating a healthier and more productive learning environment for keiki.”
Kaiser Permanente has partnered with Hawaii 3R’s, an organization founded by the late U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye, to identify and complete impactful projects at schools across the state. Hawaii 3R's provided a grant for $3,000 for the beautification project.
"Our work today helps brighten and restore our parking lot for faculty and parent use," said Koko Head Elementary School Principal Jeffrey Shitaoka. "Partnering with Kaiser Permanente and 3R’s helps amplify our own efforts to beautify our campus for the benefit of the community.”
In 2001, the late U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye began a new initiative called Hawaii 3R’s (Repair, Remodel and Restore Hawaii’s public schools) whose mission is to bring outside financial and human resources together to tackle the approximately $640 million repair and maintenance backlog in Hawaii’s public schools. Hawaii 3R’s works with state agencies, trade unions, businesses, military, community leaders, parents, teachers and students to match public and private funds with volunteers (“sweat equity”) to reduce the backlog.
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