Letter to the Editor

Peter Tovey

Vice Principal, Aliamanu Elementary School

On the morning of Saturday, Feb. 19, seven Sailors from our military partner USS Chosin (CG 65), along with three civilians from the family of one of the crew members, reported for duty at the Aliamanu Elementary School campus for a much-needed work project from 0800 to 1200. At 0930, seven Sailors from another military partner, USS Port Royal (CG 63), unexpectedly joined the work group in a campus beautification project. This pleasant boost in cadre numbers accelerated the work, resulting in an enhanced project with much more accomplished than was expected.

The Sailors quickly applied themselves to their assigned tasks, weed whacking and cleaning debris from the environs of the 665-foot long culvert on upper campus, the entrance steps from Arizona Road, the chain link fence bordering the makai (south) side of campus, the outdoor stage area, borders of walk-ways, and grassy areas between classroom buildings. In addition, they drilled and installed wood facia strips on P.E. room shelves, and cut and installed Plexiglas sheets in the office conference room louver windows to improve the efficiency of the A/C system.

Efforts such as this not only help beautify our campus, but also attest to the caring and concern of our community members. Our military partners indeed make a difference for the better. We are grateful at Aliamanu for the help received, and express gratitude to the servicemen and women of USS Chosin and USS Port Royal for their unselfish service on our behalf.

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