Community turns out for WMS I-KAIR campus cleanup

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Volunteers for the MLK Jr. I-KAIR workday pose for a photo. (PHOTO COURTESY OF WMS FOR NHN)

About 70 Waimea community volunteers, including Waimea Middle School students and families, faculty and staff and community friends, gave up their Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday to help with an I KAIR campus spruce up in anticipation of the school’s important coming accreditation visit. They power-washed buildings, sidewalks, stairs and decks, scrubbed walls, washed windows, scraped and painted safety striping, railings, benches and picnic tables, mowed, weed-wacked and much more.

Waimea resident Buttons Lovell, a retired police officer, and his son and grandson, who is a WMS student, spent many additional hours over the weekend with their own industrial strength power washing equipment and sidewalk scrubber. They even tackled the cafeteria and office roof, removing pounds of mildew and debris. Also joining in the work day were Kaiser Permanente doctors, nurses and staff who along with HGEA volunteers turned out for a work day in Mala’ai: The Culinary Garden of Waimea Middle School. The volunteers joined millions of others across the country for what has come to be known as the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service.

“We want to offer a deep and sincere mahalo on behalf of everyone at Waimea Middle School for these volunteers’ generosity and service,” said WMS Principal Matt Horne. “You made a huge difference — the campus looks fabulous. You’ve also shown the students of WMS that they’re important and that we, as a community, are behind them. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, ‘Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, What are you doing for others?’ Today you answered that call and we thank you.”