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Students help seniors in Kupuna Care School Service Project

By BY YVETTE RICHARD, Sacred Hearts School - | Sep 24, 2020

Sacred Hearts School and Parish worked together from Aug. 30 to Sept. 11 to collect items to give to local kupuna.

LAHAINA — Sacred Hearts School just completed its first service project of the year. Principal Tonata Lolesio and Parish Social Ministry Coordinator Michelle Rosenthal teamed together to create The Kupuna Care School Service Project.

The school and parish worked together from Aug. 30 to Sept. 11 to collect items for local kupuna in need, which included toilet paper, paper towels, dish soap, hand soap and tissues.

Efforts included weekly announcements in the school newsletter and House leaders encouraging their members to bring in donations. A House point was earned for every two items given.

Rosenthal shared, “I was overjoyed at the generous amount of donations that came in!”

The collaborative project brought in enough donations to fill 114 bags of kupuna essential items. The HEARTS Council also got involved and gave time to put all items in bags for delivery.

This year, the council has its youngest members, including fourth- graders Alexander and Brenda, who helped. The children commented, “We know these bags are going to elderly people we are helping, and it feels good that we are doing something nice for elderly people in our town.”

Principal Lolesio plans to continue to offer community service opportunities throughout the school year.

The Kupuna Care Service Project was able to provide 55 care packages for Hale Pi’ilani and 59 packages for Hale Mahaolu Eono areas in Lahaina.

The parish and school feel blessed by the love, support and positive feedback given by the community.

Mary Rosenthal from the Parish Office added, “A kupuna stopped me after morning mass to express how grateful she was for the generosity.”

Principal Lolesio, who was recently doing some shopping in town, was stopped by a couple in the Tongan community whose parents live in Hale Mahaolu. The couple expressed that they were grateful for the generosity shown to their parents. They felt so appreciative.

Principal Lolesio concluded, “Kind gestures are so welcome during this time of anxiety and uncertainty. It feels good to support our community.”