Lanai keiki to travel to West Virginia for nationwide community service effort

Lanai keiki to travel to West Virginia for nationwide community service effort

(HawaiiNewsNow) - A team of 12 youth from the island of Lanai -- many of whom will be venturing outside Hawaii for the first time -- will travel to West Virginia July 17 through 23 to join more than 40,000 youth from the Boy Scouts of America, AmeriCorps and other service organizations from across the country.

The Reach the Summit Community Service initiative will include more than 350 community service projects to be completed in nine counties throughout southern West Virginia. The event is held every four years. Volunteers will perform a combined 300,000 hours of community service over the course of five days.

The West Virginia trip will be the culmination of a six-week summer program, launched in June by Kupu, a Honolulu-based nonprofit empowering youth to serve their communities. As part of the organization's Hawaii Youth Conservation Corps program, the Lanai youth participated in a natural resources and environmental preservation training program to encourage the protection and conservation of the island's unique natural and cultural resources. The students will graduate on July 6 in a special ceremony on Lanai.

The Lanai team will be working and staying at Pipe Stem State Park, one of the largest state parks in West Virginia. Team activities will include trail maintenance work, clearing brush, performing repairs, removing weeds, cleaning litter, painting, planting, landscaping and constructing walkways and shelters.

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