Hawaii 3R’S Project at Moanalua High School Repaints Curbs and Lines in Parking Lot

Honolulu, HI (July 14, 2009) – 70 Volunteers from Grainger, Aloha Air Cargo, UBS Financial Services and University of Phoenix will be painting on Saturday, July 18, 2009 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Hawaii 3R’s has awarded a grant of $24,000 to Moanalua High School for the installation of a concrete walkway, tables and benches for the ROTC office designated as the School Transition Center, and to repaint curbs and lines in its parking lot. If these projects had been completed by the State Department of Education, it is estimated that this project would have cost $50,000.

Currently, there is an asphalt walkway fronting the ROTC Transition Center that is eroding, creating a safety hazard for students and staff. A new concrete walkway will replace this asphalt walkway. Installing outdoor tables and benches will create an area for ROTC and newly transitioned students to gather and meet. The lines and curbing in the parking lot are very faded and difficult to see, and poses a health and safety hazard for all students, parents, faculty and staff.

This is the third grant that Moanalua High School has received from Hawaii 3R’s. This will be the first project that Grainger, Aloha Air Cargo, and University of Phoenix has partnered with Hawaii 3R’s to provide volunteer services to a school. Grainger has also made a generous monetary donation to Hawaii 3R’s. UBS Financial Services has partnered with Hawaii 3R’s in the past; this is their second volunteer project.

In 2001, U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye began an initiative called Hawaii 3R’s (Repair, Remodel, and Restore Hawaii’s public schools). Working with State agencies, trade unions, businesses, the military, community leaders, parents, teachers, and students, the goal is to match State, federal, and private funds with volunteerism “sweat equity” both skilled and unskilled, to complete repair and maintenance projects at a significantly lower cost.

Since 2001, Hawaii 3R’s has awarded 421 grants totaling over $13.0 million to 174 different schools on every island statewide. The State estimates that it would have cost over $31.6 million to complete these projects itself. Since the State has invested approximately $3 million in Hawaii 3R’s, it can be calculated that Hawaii 3R’s has saved the State over $28 million. Over that same period, more than 2,500 people have volunteered on Hawaii 3R’s projects, providing over 11,000 volunteer labor hours.

Hawaii 3R’s receives funding from the State and Federal governments. It has also received private funding from many organizations and individuals, including the Harold K.L. Castle Foundation, Hawaii Community Foundation, Campbell Estate and the James and Abigail Campbell Foundation, American Savings Bank, Prudential Locations, Armstrong Builders, Quill Group, Maui Land and Pineapple Company, and the Pierce Brosnan Family Trust.

Hawaii 3R’s awards grants to proactive public schools that step forward with enthusiastic volunteers, business support, and/or private contributions of equal or greater value to the requested grant amount.

For more information, please visit www.hawaii3rs.com.