Matson helps Project Grad

NAWILIWILI — The Project Graduation programs from Waimea, Kauai, and Kapaa high schools got a boost in their respective fundraising efforts when Matson presented each program with a $500 grant.

The Project Grad support is an annual event to help the schools’ program which provides graduating seniors with a safe, smoke-free, alcohol-free, and drug-free evening following their graduation ceremonies.

Fundraising for the Project Grad is a year-round effort and starts almost immediately following each school’s event.

“We just got through selling flying saucers at the Waimea Alumni and Friends Foundation carnival,” said Kerri-Anne Kanahele, the Matson terminal supervisor. “I know it helps Waimea’s Project Grad because I was working as a member of the Class of 2005 with Brycen Hiraoka.”

Kauai and Kapaa high schools do regular McNight events in partnership with the McDonald’s restaurants as fundraising efforts.

A portion of proceeds from sales during the designated time goes to help the Project Grad program.

Patrick Ono, the Matson Kauai District manager, was amazed to learn how the schools’ graduating population contains students who have never been able to attend, or visit, the ballroom facilities of some of Kauai’s resorts.

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