Parker Students Collect 4.75 Tons for Local Food Banks

Parker students, families, faculty and staff gathered on November 25, the day before Thanksgiving, to celebrate the school’s 4th Annual ‘Ohana Day.  This celebration marked the end of a month-long canned food drive by students which raised a historic total of 4.75 tons of food.

“Parker upper school students stand in an empty flat bed truck after dropping off a record 4.75 tons of canned food items which was split between Annunciation Church’s Food Bank and Kokua Ministries at New Hope Church.”

“Parker upper school students stand in an empty flat bed truck after dropping off a record 4.75 tons of canned food items which was split between Annunciation Church’s Food Bank and Kokua Ministries at New Hope Church.”

Donated items, plus $1,000 raised by Parker students in the National Art Honors Society, was split in half and donated to Annunciation Church’s Food Bank and Kokua Ministries at New Hope Church, both in Waimea.

More than 200 students in grade 6-12 spent the morning volunteering within the Waimea community. Students helped with improvement and maintenance efforts at the Waikoloa Stream, Waimea Elderly Housing, St. James Episcopal Church and Thrift Store, as well as around the school’s 23 acre campus. “Thanks to the experience of ‘Ohana Day, our students take away a genuine sense of pride and accomplishment in their combined efforts to give back to our community,” says Tina Doherty, Middle School Head.

“Lower school students enjoying an all-school and family chili cook as part of the school’s Ohana Day.”

“Lower school students enjoying an all-school and family chili cook as part of the school’s Ohana Day.”

Upon returning to campus, Parker’s extended ‘ohana gathered outside the school’s 100 year old Kahilu Hall for a short ceremony announcing the food drive totals.  After filling three flatbed trucks with food drive donations, more than 320 students and their families enjoyed a meal together on the schools front lawn.  With more than 12 entries into the annual chili and soup cook off competition, attendees were thankful for the food and community the day provided.

“In the spirit of the Thanksgiving holiday, ‘Ohana Day allows Parker students the opportunity show their collective gratitude and thanks with our extended Waimea community through small acts of service followed by the fellowship of sharing a meal together on campus,” says Deena Carey, Upper School Head.

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