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Students perform community service in outreach program

By Staff | Oct 22, 2009

Working with friends makes the task fun. From left, sixth-grader Jessica Miske, eighth-grader Kirsten Gilchrist and seventh-grader Sophia Fredy help prepare history binders.

LAHAINA — Students from Lahaina Intermediate School visited Lahaina Restoration Foundation recently to help with various tasks.

These students are part of the Renaissance program at their school, where they are required to provide a total of 16 community service hours per year.

The Renaissance program rewards good grades and community service with discounts from participating businesses.

Lahaina Intermediate Parent Community Networking Center Facilitator Becky Altier said, “Now is a great time for local foundations or businesses to tap into the extra days our students have off due to the teacher furloughs. We should strive as a community to reinforce the message that volunteering and service are important.”

At the Lahaina Restoration Foundation office, the students put together history binders used later in a tour of Lahaina. The students learned about some of the sites featured in these binders.

They also helped with light cleaning at the Wo Hing Museum. Docent Busaba Yip- Douglas shared stories with the students about the influence of the Chinese culture on Maui.  They all had an enjoyable and educational time.

“This was a great way to learn a little more about the history of Lahaina,” said Kirsten Gilchrist, an eighth-grader at LIS. “I want to come again and help in different ways.”

Lahaina Restoration Foundation was pleased with the results and plans to continue this program.

To inquire about projects with the students, contact Todd Hayase at 662-3965.

If you are interested in volunteering for Lahaina Restoration Foundation, contact ShaRon Fredy, program director, at 661-3262 or sharon@lahainarestoration.org.