PCHES Thanksgiving Imu fundraiser gobbles up Pearl City birds


Pearl City Highlands Elementary School held its annual Thanksgiving Day Imu Fundraiser today on the school campus grounds. Thursday's fundraiser was a complete sellout with approximately 400 fundraiser tickets sold at $20.00 (per turkey) for space in the Imu.

Volunteers spent the early part of this week preparing the imu pit for Wednesday's turkey drop off from those who purchased fundraiser tickets. PCHES staff led by Principal Michael Nakasato and a group of volunteers representing the Pearl City community turned out in support of the school.

"The PCHS Soccer team came down and helped us load the imu," said Principal Nakasato. "Coach Randall Shinn is a alumni of PCHES and PCHS. He was looking for his kids to give back to the community to make good citizens (not just great soccer players)."

On Wednesday, volunteers picked up banana stumps and prepared to light the imu fire at around 12:30pm. Fundraiser ticket holders began dropping off their turkey's at 4:30pm. Principal Nakasato and a couple volunteer PCHES father's camped out Wednesday night to watch over the fire.

On Thursday morning, volunteers unearthed the turkey's from the imu and began distributing them to the public.

"PCHES also cooked about 5 extra to give to a few community churches/non profits," Nakasato said.

Proceeds raised from this year's Thanksgiving Day Imu Fundraiser will go towards supporting the school's grade levels for the 2010/2011 school year.