USMC League helps school kids with homework load

Amidst the refreshing aroma of stephanotis, enhanced by the early morning sprinkles, the Marines landed at Wilcox Elementary School.

But there was no evil to be vanquished. Instead, Sergeant Major Bud White, and father-and-son team of Roger and Bob Olayan, were busy unpacking crates inside a Kaua‘i Self Storage truck.

Wilcox School was the first of more than 20 stops the trio had penciled in for their Tuesday. White said the USMC League was presenting at least 19 wheeled book bags to each of the schools on the island.

While many organizations have problems keeping their coffers at a comfortable level, White said there was some extra funds in the League’s coffers so they wanted to share with the community.

“We’re Curly, Larry and Moe,” White said to Wilcox School principal Sherry Scott, when she asked for their names.

“And which one are you?” Scott asked.

“Moe!” White said without hesitation, adding a chuckle.

White said that the distribution was not limited to the public elementary schools. He said the parochial schools and private schools were also on the list to receive the book bags which the school could decide how to distribute to its students.

Recently, White said the PBS television station aired a feature piece on the United States Marine Corps. He said they were able to obtain a DVD copy of that piece and added that to their list of stops.

“We’re giving one DVD to each of the six public libraries on the island so people who missed the airing will be able to see it,” White said.

The entire venture would not have been possible without the aid of Kaua‘i Self Storage who provided use of its covered truck so the 32 cartons of bags could be safe from the sprinkles that blew in with the gusty trades on Tuesday.

The United States Marine Corps League maintains a strong community visibility on Kaua‘i as its Color Guard is often the lead unit in many of the community parades throughout the year.

Additionally, the USMC League takes the forefront during the holidays when it works with the Salvation Army, the U.S. Navy at the Pacific Missile Range Facility, and other community agencies in coordinating the annual Toys for Tots effort that enables hundreds of Kaua‘i’s keiki to enjoy the holidays.

But for the trio on Tuesday, there were more bags to deliver as the covered van rolled on to its next stop.

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