September 9, 2019

Volunteers refresh campus ahead of new school year

Kaiser Permanente Hawaii sponsored a workday at Barbers Point Elementary School as part of an ongoing initiative to support healthy learning environments.

Volunteers lend a hand repainting hopscotch graphics at Barbers Point Elementary School in Kapolei, Hawaii.

KAPOLEI — Kaiser Permanente Hawaii sponsored a community workday at Barbers Point Elementary School as part of an ongoing initiative to support healthy learning environments for “keiki,” or children. School staff, students, and Kaiser Permanente volunteers gathered to help with various campus enhancement projects, including repainting hopscotch graphics, restriping the parking lot, and painting curbs and crosswalks. Kaiser Permanente provided $5,000 of funding for the project, in addition to materials, volunteer manpower, lunch, and refreshments for helpers.

“Our school workdays are a rewarding opportunity to give back to the communities where our members live and work,” said Dave Underriner, regional president for Kaiser Permanente in Hawaii. “We’re looking forward to continuing to meet our neighbors and partnering with our schools in Kapolei as we work on completing our West Oahu Medical Office nearby.”

Kaiser Permanente Hawaii 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 of nearly $1,000 for the Barbers Point Elementary School campus improvements.

"Thanks to Kaiser Permanente and Hawaii 3R’s, our campus looks refreshed and ready for the new school year,” said Sandy Calio, principal of Barbers Point Elementary School. "We’re grateful to all the volunteers who came out today to help our school shine.”

group photo of Kaiser Permanente volunteers and students from Barbers Point Elementary School

About Hawaii 3R’s

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.

About Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve 12.3 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health.


Tammy Chun
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