Julie S. Phillips
Navy Hale Keiki School
HONOLULU — Navy Hale Keiki School teamed with Tripler Army Medical Center’s Fisher House, here, to celebrate its supply collection drive, Feb. 7.
NHKS students collected more than 1,000 items, and then donated them to the Fisher House during a special ceremony on campus, making the school one of the largest annual donors to the charity.
Students included Army family members from the Aliamanu Military Reservation housing area.
By law, there is no charge for a family to stay at the Fisher House. As such, each Fisher House relies on donations in order to continue to provide services.
This year, 2012, marked the sixth annual donation of 1,000 or more goods to the Fisher House from NHKS students. The collections are a joint effort of the NHKS Parent-Teacher Organization and individual classrooms.
The classrooms focused collection on kitchen and bathroom goods. Each classroom received a poster of a house with 100 stickers that were placed on the house each time an item was brought in. Many of the classrooms used the project as a counting and graphing exercise for the children.
“Student community service involvement at NHKS helps to foster students who are empathetic to the world in which they live,” said Shari Gulledge, director, NHKS.
“Although our students are young, they are given opportunities to have a direct impact to others through efforts such as the Fisher House supply collection” Gulledge said.
“These opportunities become part of the classroom environment, and students learn that their contributions can make a powerful difference in the world and community.
Navy Hale Keiki (House of Children) School was organized and established in 1946 as a nonprofit organization.
Over the years, it has served the military community as a nursery school, preschool and, since 1967, an early childhood program. It currently serves military and civilian children in preschool-4th grade. Currently, 17 percent of the children at NHKS are Army family members.