Hawaii Department of Education Partners with Servco Pacific on Appliance Donation Program

Thanks to a partnership between the
Hawaii Department of Education and Servco Pacific, public schools all across the state will reap the rewards of nearly $200,000 worth of appliances donated and
installed by Servco Home & Appliance Distribution. “We’re excited because we
have this partnership that we’re rolling out with Servco Pacific that is bringing
some equipment such as washer dryers and some cooking equipment into a space that
we’re going to use to support our students with some wraparound services
that they need as students who are transitioning new to our communities.” Central Middle School received nine thousand dollars worth of appliances and was among the first chosen as a beneficiary for the program which will largely focus on washer and dryer donations to schools with high populations of students living in unstable housing situations. “When you
think about not being able to put on clean clothes when you get up in the
morning and that being a possibility for having students not show up at school or
maybe they’re being bullied or something related to that
like, we said, ‘We can get involved and help fix that.’ So, doing the washers and
dryers and allowing the schools to be able to clean their uniforms and and have them
be at school, because that’s what they should be doing is being focused on
their education and because they are you know the future of our community.” “If we
can provide and mitigate that challenge for them and provide a space where they
can come and take care of some basic needs then they can go right to classes
and they can be engagee of their peers without having
that embarrassment of either being hungry or not having clothing that is
clean or even having a space where they can have a safe space to come and talk
about some of the challenges of coming to school ready to learn.” “Appliances can make a major difference in the life of the schools, I think at
the Saber Cafe at Campbell High School we’re helping with their culinary arts
program, here at Central Middle School we’re helping some students in unstable
family situations help wash their clothes dry them so they can look great
at school.” The $200,000 donation is a part of Servco’s $1.5
million Centennial Service Campaign to celebrate their 100th
anniversary. A portion of that money will also go to kitchen appliances for
Campbell and Roosevelt High School’s culinary programs and a special
education program at Moanalua High School. “We greatly appreciate the support
that we’re getting from Servco as a major partner with us to make sure that we
have these great schools. Public school systems need partners like Servco to
extend our capacity into areas that are not our core kuleana around
academics and learning and teaching. We have to provide those wraparound
services and we can’t do that without partners like Servco.” “Education is the future, and if we’re going to really help our young folks
really make a mark in this world, help our world be a better place, make this a
wonderful community as it always has been, education is always the root of it
and we need to support it.”

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