Parker Students Giveback at Thanksgiving

November 22, 2017

Parker students, families, faculty and staff gathered on November 22, the day before Thanksgiving, to celebrate the school’s annual ‘Ohana Day.  This celebration marked the end of a month-long canned food drive by students which raised 2.87 tons of food destined for the Annunciation Church’s Food Bank and Kokua Ministries at New Hope Church Food Bank, both in Waimea.

More than 200 students in grades 6-12 spent the morning volunteering on campus and within the Waimea community. Students helped replant the lower school garden, sign holiday cards, pick up rubbish, hang holiday lights in the front hall, paint new four-square courts and prepare for the afternoon chili cook-off. Some students ventured off campus to work at St. James Episcopal Church and Thrift Store, as well as to distribute thank you notes and calendars to the neighborhoods.  

Upon returning to campus, Parker students and ‘Ohana gathered outside for a short ceremony announcing the food drive totals before enjoying the chili cook-off with over 25 soups, ranging from spicy to vegetarian, and 15 pie’s to sample. Attendees were thankful for the delicious food and community the day provided.  

Over the last six years, Parker students have collected a total of 21 tons of canned goods for North Hawaii food banks.