Community volunteers step forward, GPA to help fix air cons, electrical issues
July 18, 2012
Calling all volunteers:  public schools need your help.
A massive coordination effort is in full swing to help prepare 40 public school campuses for more than 30,000 students who will be starting the 2012-2013 school year.  Government agencies are leading the effort along with private sector businesses, military commands and volunteer organizations.  However, 10 schools still wait to be adopted.
Governor Eddie Baza Calvo reached out to his cabinet members, urging them to head out to the schools in the coming weeks to make much-needed repairs.  Painting, cleaning and grass cutting are just a few of the things on the “to do list” for volunteers.  Each agency and organization will spend mostly weekends at their adopted school providing their own equipment, paint, supplies and other donations to ensure schools are ready for students come August.
“This is a community-wide effort to get classrooms ready for students to learn.  We all know there are challenges but I know that if we come together, roll up our sleeves, we can get things done for our children,” Governor Calvo said.  “I’m grateful for all the volunteers who are coming out to help.  This is why Guam is so strong.  It’s because we can look beyond our differences and find opportunity in challenge.”
GPA to fix Air Cons and Electrical Issues
In addition to adopting a school, the Guam Power Authority has committed to providing electrical and air conditioning support at several schools to help make minor repairs and ensure all electrical wiring is in compliance.
The Department of Corrections, in addition to adopting a school, will be sending out crews to assist other organizations with manpower in other campuses.  The Guam Veterans Affairs Office also will be providing lawn maintenance services to assist other schools.
Community Organizations, National Guard and Military Partners Join School Readiness Efforts
The government agencies aren’t the only ones who’ve stepped up to the plate.  The Guam Women’s Tackle Football League is adopting Agueda Johnston Middle School, along with the Guam National Guard who signed up to help Merizo Martyrs Elementary School.  Military service members at Andersen Air Force Base will be teaming up with the Guam Memorial Hospital to get D.L. Perez Elementary School in shape for the upcoming school year is well.
Brant McCreadie and his wife Dina, also adopted Untalan Middle and Ordot-Chalan Pago Elementary Schools.
Governor Calvo is urging the public and community organizations to join the Adopt-A-School Program.
“Anyway that you can give will be a great help.  Whether it’s time, resources or even ideas on how to get things done efficiently, we’d greatly appreciate the help,”  Governor Calvo said.  “Anything you can do to support our students is welcomed.”
For more information on how you can volunteer or team up with another organization, contact Natalie Quinata at 475-9309 or 488-6013 for more information.

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