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Na Wai Ola Reaches Out to Their School Ohana

November 25, 2014, 12:02 PM HST
* Updated November 25, 12:09 PM
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Na Wai Ola Public Charter School, also known as Waters of Life Public Charter School located in Mt. View, has planned to distribute a Thanksgiving meal, including turkey and all the trimmings to their entire student body. The distribution will occur at 12 p.m. Wednesday.

According to a school release, the same event happened during the 2013 holiday season. The response was overwhelming, so the school decided to again help their school Ohana.

Operating on a bare-bones budget, the business manager of the school poured over the books to make the holiday giveaway happen. The release stated the importance of not allowing the school families to go without during Thanksgiving.

Maurice Messina, the Schools Governing Board Chair, said 75 percent of the children attending the public charter school are considered “homeless.” Despite the struggle that goes along with the lack of such basic needs, Na Wai Ola was named Top Charter School in the State last year. A third of the students at the school attend after-school tutoring session to continue to improve their reading, writing, and community skills.

Officials with the school want to remind community members of how hard some families struggle during the holiday season, and although there is struggle, students attending the public charter school are among the best.

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