Pearlridge Rotarians lend a hand at Lehua Elementary School


Volunteers from the Pearlridge Rotary Club helped out at Lehua Elementary School in Pearl City on Wednesday, August 11, with the final stages of campus wide renovations.

Pearlridge Rotary Club volunteers teamed up with Lehua Elementary school staff members to restock the brand new book shelves in the recently renovated school library.

"Our school has never had new shelving," said Lehua Elementary School Librarian, Kris Chan. "The shelving was original from the school. It was a long process. We started off with some of our Navy Military partners donating some of our shelving and our school also funded some of the shelving. It took about two years."

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Lehua Elementary School Librarian, Kris Chan led the way on Wednesday making sure all the books were placed in order on the brand new the library shelving.

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Pearlridge Rotary Club volunteers, Roy Matsuo (left) and Gordon Arakaki (right) spent the morning on Wednesday, August 11, 2010 helping restock the book shelves in the newly renovated Lehua Elementary School Library.

Lehua Elementary School Principal, Fay Toyama is excited that her school's campus renovations are just about complete. Also, with a strong percentage of Lehua Elementary School's student body represented by the Military , support and partnerships with the Military is key to the school's growth and success.

"Right now on August 11, 2010 we are actually putting things back into the library and making it look great again," said Lehua Elementary School Principal, Fay Toyama. "We've purchased new shelving partially through the Joint Venture Education Forum. We have what's called Navy Partnership Funds for the few years we have been saving our money to buy shelving and the rest of it we bought with school funds."                                          

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Principal Fay Toyama (3rd from left) pictured with (from left to right) Librarian, Kris Chan, Gordon Arakaki from the Pearlridge Rotary Club and Janet Covington, Child & Youth Behavioral – Military & Family Life Consultant.

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Lehua Elementary School staff members, Kari Wong, Mahealani Tupu and Patty Ballungay worked the first shift of the morning restocking the library shelves.

Improvements to school library will also include the continuation of original artwork designs displayed on the walls and doorways by students and staff.

" I started in December of 2004, I took about two weeks and I did it from bare wall to what it is today," said school custodian and artist, Mr. Michael Lani. "My next project is to put leis on top of the pillars for Mrs. Chan so that the kids can enjoy the artwork."

"A lot of the artwork Mr. Lani our custodian already started, but we want to bring in a lot more artwork from the kids and also our faculty and staff are very talented," said school Librarian, Kris Chan.

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Mr. Michael Lani standing in front of his artwork in the school library.

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Mr. Michael Lani (left) posing with Lehua Elementary School Faculty member, Mr. (Mike) Ulep. Lani and Ulep are standing in front of  a set of library doors that will soon feature Mr. Ulep's original art designs.

                                                                       Photo provided by Michael Ulep

Mr Ulep has already begun work on his art design in this photo that will soon be featured in the school library.

Thank you to Principal Toyama for inviting the Pearlridge Rotary Club to Lehua Elementary School to assist in helping the school during renovations.

"Now we have the Pearlridge Rotary Club helping us unpack and put the books back on the shelves," said Principal Toyama. " During the summer in July, they came and helped us pack up. It's just great to have them here helping our community."

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Mission accomplished! Pearlridge Rotary Club volunteers, Roy Matsuo (left) and Gordon Arakaki (right) picking out their favorite books.