Mahalo Labor of Love: Mountain View Elementary School

This year’s AFL-CIO Labor Community Services Program’s Labor of Love: a UNION give back project 2015 benefited Mountain View Elementary School on Hawaii Island. Over $24,000 in much needed supplies and in-kind donations were donated by 15 unions, Hawaii 3-Rs, and businesses to Mountain View Elementary School.


98% of MVE’s 567 students are enrolled in the free and reduced lunch program. In working closely with MVE and the Department of Education we were able to fund a wide range of needs and also did a work day to spruce up the campus. Donated were items such as: school uniform t-shirts for each student, Hawaiian implements for May Day and their Hawaiian curriculum, PE equipment, new basketball rims and nets, refrigerator for the health room, fans, Legos, iPad covers, planter boxes, composters, gardening tools, 50 bags of soil, power washer, and much more. 150 volunteers (600 volunteer hours) comprised of union members, Keaau High School students, and MVE students and their families came out to work on Saturday, April 25th and gave the campus much needed TLC which added to the student’s sense of pride in their school as we witnessed at the all school assembly on 4/27.

Some of the work done: A mural was started that has their school mascot and motto and will be finished with the help of the MVE students, parking lot restriped, safety zones painted, planters built and filled with soil and kalo (taro), and much more. During the assembly we were honored to have our Hawaii State Federation President, Randy Perreira, Union Leaders, Union Island Leadership, Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi, County Councilman Danny Paleka and other special guests.

Watch what we have accomplished to build stronger communities through high needs elementary schools across our islands in the video below. We will go to Maui next year.

Wil Okabe Kathy Matayoshi Randy Perreira
(l to r) Wil Okabe, Kathy Matayoshi, Randy Perreira

Pictures courtesy of Hilo UniServ Director Rae Yamanaka.

Here are the unions that participated:

Hawaii District Council 50
Hawaii Government Employees Association (HGEA) AFSCME Local 152
Hawaii Masons Local 1
Hawaii Regional Council of Carpenters
Hawaii State AFL-CIO
Hawaii State Teachers Association (HSTA)
International Association of Machinists 1998 (IAM)
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1260
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1357
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1186
International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 142
Laborers’ International Union of North American (LIUNA) Local 368
Office & Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU)
Sheet Metal Workers Local 293
United Public Workers (UPW) AFSCME Local 646

Mahalo to Hilo Chapter President Edwin Kagawa, UniServ Director Rae Yamanaka, and Hilo members who contributed helping hands needed for a project of this magnitude.  Thanks to the power of “WE,” Hilo members joined this union give back project that helps students, teachers, and a school.

Hilo teachers also collected over 300 used tennis balls for Mountain View School.  The tennis balls came from a Hilo tennis club and the University of Hawaii at Hilo tennis team.  Mahalo!

See whether you can see some of the red shirts in the video and a watch the creation of a special mural painted by Hilo member Adrel Vicente.

Watch the Labor of Love video HERE>>>


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HSTA Participating in the Meals on Wheels Volunteer Community Project