Student’s senior project will benefit keiki for years
A community project by a Lahaina student will benefit Princess Nahienaena Elementary School students for years to come.
For her senior project at Kamehameha Schools-Maui, Alexandria Agdeppa raised more than $2,000 to buy books for Princess Nahienaena School’s library.
A former student at the Lahaina school, Agdeppa received great support from Barnes & Noble Booksellers and the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunrise in her charity campaign.
Barnes & Noble held a Book Fair that raised $780 for Agdeppa’s project during the summer. Rotarians, who each year give brand new dictionaries to third-graders at Princess Nahienaena School, matched the fair’s proceeds with a $780 donation.
Used books donated to the cause were sold to bring the tally over $2,000 to buy new books for the elementary school students.
“I love reading so much that I asked my mom to read to me every single night when I was younger. I wanted to make sure that these students had the same opportunity to enjoy books, too. Knowledge will last forever, and when you read, you gain more knowledge,” said Agdeppa, a senior at Kamehameha Schools-Maui.
Mayor Charmaine Tavares joined Rotarians, Sen. Roz Baker and school officials to honor Alexandria at a ceremony on Sept. 3.
Tavares presented Agdeppa with a commendation and called her an exceptional leader.
“It’s inspiring when young leaders such as Alex Agdeppa use their abilities to organize, speak out and take action to help others. As a former teacher myself, I know that reading is a key component of education, and our schools are always in need of community support,” the mayor said.
“Two-thousand dollars’ worth of books is a valuable investment in our children, and we’re very grateful for Alex’s hard work.”
Support West Maui students in their community efforts. You can start by making a donation for Cherise Milanio’s project to replace the torn up mat in the LHS Wrestling Room.