Students at Nanakuli High School are active with service projects this month in January. The Interact Club helped the Kapolei Rotary Club serve lunch to the veterans at their Kalaeloa facility on New Year’s Day. Again, without hesitation the Interact Club with other student volunteers will assist Kapolei Rotary at the Kapolei Foodland with a rice drive to benefit Hawaii Foodbank on January 12. Jean Nishi, the school’s Student Activities Coordinator (SAC), describes this club as “the high school version of the Rotary Club” and says it is made up of approximately 30 members. Other clubs on campus which are a boon to their school and community are: Robotics Club, Science Club, Makahiki Club (Hawaiian culture appreciation), Sabre and Chain (ROTC), Health Occupations and Professions Explorations (H.O.P.E.) Club, Honor Society, and National Junior Honor Society. Still pending official recognition are two groups – Samoan Club and Christian club S.W.A.G. (Saving With Amazing Grace).
Scheduled later this month on January 28 is their Penny Wars which will benefit The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Each grade level has a container labeled for their grade, and monetary donations are collected and deposited in them during lunch in the cafeteria. Other coins and paper currency are also accepted, and the money is counted every day to let the students know what their daily totals are. In this way each grade level accumulates points to determine who the winner will be in the competition. Penny Wars will end on February 8.