Community invited to Waimea Middle School’s ‘Take a LAP’ Fun Run/Walk to celebrate Local School Leadership

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Community Invited To Waimea Middle School’s ‘Take a LAP’ Fun Run/Walk To Celebrate ‘Local School Leadership’

Families and friends of Waimea Middle School are being invited to “Take a LAP” — to participate in a fun run or walk at 3:30 p.m., on Friday afternoon, Aug. 23, to celebrate and support the school’s “local grassroots community leadership” as the state’s first public conversion charter school.

The event will feature a Silent Auction and dinner. Funds raised will be shared between the school’s Student Leadership program and to help begin an in-school aquaponics project.

The start signal for the first of three walk-runs — a one-miler for keiki K-5 – will be sounded at 4:30 p.m. Next up will be a 2-mile run/walk for 6th-12th grade students at 5 p.m., and then there will be a 2-mile run/walk for those 18 and over at 5:30 p.m. A delicious dinner of pulled pork sandwiches and fresh green salad will be served at 6 p.m. and the winners of the silent auction will be announced at 6:45 p.m.

A $10 donation is suggested for advance registration and will include a custom designed hydro-pack, glow stick and dinner. The suggested donation increases to $15 on race day.

Participants are asked to complete registration in the school cafeteria and check out the silent auction. The start line will be near the shop and the course will loop around the back, or south side, of campus.

The idea for “Take a LAP” came from WMS student members of the Local Advisory Panel (LAP) who discovered that many students and others including even their families and community friends had no idea what LAP was about or why it’s important to continued improvement at the 6th-8th grade public charter school.

LAP is not something new to WMS. In fact, LAP was included in the school’s original “charter” – called a Detailed Implementation Plan — when it converted from being a regular DOE school back in 2003. LAP was intended to ensure that all school stakeholders – students, families, teachers, staff, school administrators and the community – have a voice in guiding school improvement.

All LAP meetings are open and the school-community invited. LAP works closely with its local school board and the Principal as well as faculty and staff to review the school’s annual academic plan and budget and discuss school priorities.

Chairman of the WMS LAP is Dr. Kamana Beamer, who was raised and continues to live in Waimea and who is an Assistant Professor with the Hui ‘Aina Momona program.

Other members of LAP include: community representatives OHA Trustee Robert Lindsey and Honokaa High School Behavioral Specialist Hulali Covington; family representatives Lori Bergin, Daniel L. Gomez and Tim Beneski; student representatives Serenidy “DeeDee” Delos Santos and Jeren Soriano; student alternates Hailey Mae Witcraft and McKella Spencer; teacher representatives Nau’i Murphy, Eunice “Laz” Lazarus and Erica Owens; classified staff representative Bernie Marsh; Administrative Reps: Principal Matt Horne, Vice principal Amy Kendiorski and Community Liaison Patti Cook; and Ho’okako’o Corp. representatives Executive Director Megan McCorriston and HC board members Robert Witt and Guy Kaulukukui.

For more information, call WMS Community Liaison Patti Cook at 937-2833 or go to www.WaimeaMiddleSchool.org.