Maryknoll and other Manoa, Makiki, Moiliili, and McCully Schools Give Back in September
Throughout the month of September, Maryknoll School and the Blue Zones Project® partnered together through the Youth Service America (www.ysa.org) Lead Agency Program to serve our community! This partnership activated students across Mānoa, Makiki, Mōʻiliʻili, and McCully to give back to the community in honor of September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance. Brought to Hawaii by HMSA, Blue Zones Project is a well-being initiative with the goal to make healthy choices easier in the places that we live, work and play.
Over 200 students from Maryknoll School and Washington Middle School conducted a park clean-up at Makiki District Park on Monday, September 10th to beautify our community and celebrate our parks.
In addition, our students, along with students from Manoa Elementary School and Stevenson Middle School, wrote appreciation cards for current service members, veterans and first-responders. The cards also included a variety of healthy lifestyle tips from the Blue Zones Project.
Mahalo to all of our students, neighboring schools, YSA, and the Blue Zones Project for allowing us to collaborate in this meaningful way and for giving us the opportunity to live out and practice Noblesse Oblige in the community. We look forward to more opportunities to serve our island community with our neighboring schools, community partners and other organizations throughout the school year.
More About Blue Zones Project
Blue Zones Project® is a community-led well-being improvement initiative designed to make healthy choices easier through permanent changes to a city’s environment, policy, and social networks. Established in 2010, Blue Zones Project is inspired by Dan Buettner, a National Geographic Fellow and New York Times best-selling author who identified five regions of the world—or Blue Zones®—with the highest concentration of people living to 100 years or older. Blue Zones Project incorporates Buettner’s findings and works with cities to implement policies and programs that will move a community toward optimal health and well-being. Currently, 42 communities in nine states have joined Blue Zones Project, impacting more than 3.3 million Americans nationwide. The movement includes three beach cities in California; 15 cities in Iowa; Albert Lea, Minnesota; the city of Fort Worth; and communities in Southwest Florida, Hawaii, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Wisconsin. Blue Zones Project is a division of Sharecare. For more information, visit bluezonesproject.com.