Parker School students ‘Make a Difference’ throughout Waimea

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Riley Decker, a 10th grade student, gives Ian Decker, also in 10th grade, a lift back from delivering wood chips to the trail site. (PHOTO BY SARAH ANDERSON| SPECIAL TO NHN)
Outdoor Circle member, Pete Hendricks checks in with Parker Hale who is working hard to clear a root. The task sparked a chorus of comments, and prompted Parker School history teacher, Laura Inaba, to add, "Our students are no longer stumped, we are literally getting back to our roots." to the delight of all. (PHOTO BY SARAH ANDERSON| SPECIAL TO NHN)
Parker School students take a mid-morning break while Pete Hendricks from the Outdoor Circle, right, discusses the Ulu La'au park project that the students  worked on with volunteers Art McMillian, left, and Ken Block, center. Parker School students from grades 6-12 spent the day on Oct. 25 improving the Ulu La'au Park, which is a Waimea Outdoor Circle Project. (PHOTO BY SARAH ANDERSON| SPECIAL TO NHN)

In celebration of national Make a Difference Day, Parker School students spent Friday, Oct, 25, out of the classroom and working in the community. Approximately 170 middle and upper schoolers divided into groups to help local organizations with maintenance, repair, cleanup and beautification. Groups included Kahilu Theatre, Kohala Watershed, Mama’s House, Parker Ranch Headquarters, Pua Mau Botanical Garden, Tutu’s House, Waimea Nature Park; and Waimea Trails and Greenways. One group, led by Headmaster Carl Sturges, helped clean up the Waikoloa Stream banks and stream bed close to campus, and another stayed at the school to help clean and decorate the main front hall.