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PUHI — A lot of students will be sleeping in today, taking advantage of the Veterans Day holiday.
But 22 students in the Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School Leadership Class will be at the Hanapepe Veterans Cemetery at 8 a.m., setting up lei on grave markers ahead of the Veterans Day service which starts at 11 a.m.
“The students are supposed to meet me at the Hanapepe Veterans Cemetery at 8 a.m.,” said Gayle Thompson, the Leadership Class instructor and adviser. “The Boy Scouts will be there, and we should be able to finish placing all the lei by 10 a.m. A lot of the students will probably stay back for the service and listen to Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard who will deliver the keynote address.”
The CKMS Leadership Class took on the project of supplying lei for the veterans cemetery with a goal of making more lei than last year.
“We brought 1,500 lei last year,” Thompson said. “That was not enough so this year, we aimed for 1,900 lei and hope we won’t run short.”
Lei were contributed by the school’s advisory classes, more traditionally known as homeroom classes, with the Leadership Class filling the deficit.
“We started in October,” said Adriana Hernandez, a Leadership Class student. “We were each supposed to make 25 lei, and more if we didn’t make the goal.”
Thompson said the goal was met Tuesday afternoon as students packed more than 1,900 collected lei in boxes for transport to the Hanapepe Veterans Cemetery.
“The response was good,” she said. “Ms. Lei Akita’s class went over the top, making 328 lei!”
While the students sorted and packed lei in the school’s library, other teachers tending to business could not help but pick up ti leaves and create a lei while tending to their chores.
“The hardest part was getting the leaves,” said Kaleonahe Bukoski, a Leadership Class student. “It was recommended that we make more than the 25, but it was hard to find the ti leaves.”
Students worked during their free time creating the lei.
“We just made them during our free time at school,” said Allison Etrata, another student. “When we went to Leadership Class, we could use the mats and make the lei outside.”
Shaeli Amorin, a Leadership Class student, said the class is also working on other service projects, including a food drive for the school, the Unified program for Special Olympics and Operation Christmas Child, which is new for this year.
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