KALIHI (HawaiiNewsNow) - The students of Likelike Elementary School have a special surprise in store for them when they return to school on Monday.
On Saturday, volunteers teamed up with several local businesses and service organizations to clean up and beautify the Likelike Elementary School campus. Volunteers helped out by organizing the science room, painting stairwells and cleaning the gardening and composting areas, among other tasks.
The community service event was a part of the Red Pencil Project, an initiative started by Echelon Hawaii, a nonprofit group affiliated with the Salvation Army, that provides disadvantaged elementary school children with tools for success.
"Today was the culmination of a year-long partnership with Likelike Elementary School's third grade class," said Billie Takaki Lueder, Echelon board advisor.
"Volunteers from Echelon Hawaii have been working with students to help share what it means to have compassion, show kindness, give generously and today we focused on service above self."
Volunteers from the Moanalua Lion's club, as well as students, parents and faculty were present at the event, among others.
"It was a rewarding experience to work alongside the many parents students and community volunteers to beautify the school," Leuder said.