Volunteers From GovGuam, Air Force, Businesses, Help Spruce Up Island Schools

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Guam – Volunteers from the puiblic, private and military pitched in this past Saturday to help school faculty and staff clean up several public schools.

The cleanup included “touch-ips” with paint donated by AM Insurance, PacAir Properties, Isla Paint, CoreTech, and Calvo’s Insurance.

And Governor Calvo lent a hand. He’s quoted in a release from Adelup as saying: “There was a buzz of people water blasting, scraping, pruning, digging, and painting,” Governor Calvo said. “Gosh, there’s a lot of work to do at the schools. We could use all the help we can get.”

  

READ the release from the Governor’s Office in FULL below:

More Help Needed at Schools; GovGuam, schools, business community, Air Force come out in full force; more help and donations needed

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 5, 2012

GovGuam volunteers were out in full force Saturday morning helping school faculty and staff clean up several public schools.

“There was a buzz of people water blasting, scraping, pruning, digging, and painting,” Governor Calvo said. “Gosh, there’s a lot of work to do at the schools. We could use all the help we can get.”

Good corporate citizens
Help came in many forms Saturday. Companies began pouring in their paint and cash donations. The Works! Foundation president and Lt. Governor Tenorio’s wife Atty. Naoko Shimizu so far received donations and commitments from AM Insurance, PacAir Properties, Isla Paint, CoreTech, and Calvo’s Insurance. They are joined by J&B Modern Tech, a company that has been helping Benavente Middle repair its air conditioning units and whose employees also are helping to paint the school. Hotel Nikko, which has an existing partnership with Simon Sanchez High will be heading to the school later this month to help out as well.

Air Force lends many hands
Several units from the U.S. Air Force also helped out at various schools alongsides government of Guam agencies. At D.L. Perez Elementary School, each side of each wing was crowded by at least 15 volunteers from the Air Force, the school staff, and Guam Memorial Hospital scraping, painting, and having fun helping the school. Even the cafeteria staff volunteered that day to cook up a feast for lunch to thank the volunteers.

Community volunteers
The Guam Women’s Tackle Football Association adopted two schools alongside GovGuam agencies: Upi Elementary in Yigo and Agueda Johnston Middle in Ordot. And the Republican senatorial candidates are taking care of athletic fields at several different schools.

J.Q. San Miguel Elementary School
“This is really a community effort,” Lt. Governor Tenorio said, as he took a break from shoveling dirt into planters boxes behind J.Q. San Miguel Elementary. The boxes, which were overgrown with brush, will be used to introduce gardening to the students of the school.

“We want to do everything we can for this school,” Governor Calvo said. “We’re going to make these kids proud when they come back on their first day.” J.Q. San Miguel Elementary has the highest rate of free and reduced lunch use of all public schools – nearly 100 percent. This means the families of the children are in some way affected by poverty.

The school community didn’t wait for the Governor’s Office to show up, either. One of the staffers took it upon himself to waterblast the facility while summer school was happening, and to make repairs here and there. Several parents, teachers, teacher assistants, aides, and Principal Tricia Moylan also lent a hand to the restoration of the school.

Still need donations & volunteers
The Governor’s Adopt-a-School program still could use some volunteers. Some agencies will continue their work over the weekdays this week. Most agencies will continue working this coming Saturday, August 11, and the Saturday after, August 18. Residents and companies or organizations can contact the school they want to volunteer at to verify, or they can contact Vince Leon Guerrero at 688-3091.