Doing It Just Because
Adults and students build lasting relationships at Kilohana Elementary.
“Students go home with comfort, they feel good about themselves,” Gonzales said. “You’ve got to make those memories for them.”
Now in its second year the program has received sponsorship from local businesses and community members providing everything from healthy snacks to ice cream cones to pencils. The term “Just Because” has spread throughout the school, with Kilohana ohana regularly doing positive things Just Because.
“Our role is to develop, to enhance, to strengthen the whole of the school, the community, to build bridges,” Miguel said.
With over 100 students and around 30 staff members, it takes “a lot of work and coordination between everyone just to pull off 15 minutes,” Miguel said, recognizing the importance of every staffer’s support and help in making the day a success.
“It’s the joy of doing what we are able to do,” Miguel said. “This is our community, our children, our future.”
Anyone can sponsor a Just Because Buddy Day. To find out more information or get involved with the Buddy Program or Just Because contact Vanessa Gonzales at Kilohana Elementary School, 558-2200.