On Sunday, Oct. 14, a group of Realtors Association of Maui (RAM) members joined forces to make a difference for the students of Pomaikai Elementary School as part of Hawaii Realtors’ Realtor Action Day.
Those volunteers were Lianne Peros-Busch of Peros Realty Company; Vanessa Baldos of Coldwell Banker Island Properties; Erin Clapper of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Advantage Realty Valley Isle; Kelsey Daimon, RAM’s marketing and communications manager; Jon Irvine of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Advantage Realty Valley Isle; Darlene Peralto of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Advantage Realty Valley Isle; and Ruby Wong of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Advantage Realty Valley Isle. And a few non-RAM members pitched in, too: Several volunteers brought their elementary school-aged children to lend a hand—and to learn how rewarding it is to give back.
“My daughter Ava is a first-grader at Pomaikai Elementary School,” Peros-Busch said. “Realtor Action Day was a good opportunity for us to participate in an activity together and to teach her about community stewardship.”
This year, as part of its statewide community service project, Hawaii Realtors—formerly the Hawaii Association of Realtors—partnered with the Adopt-A-School Day program, which hosts an annual day of awareness and service to schools throughout Hawaii on the second Sunday in October. “It was an effort to join forces with Realtors across the state,” Clapper said. “Many Realtors already serve their communities well, but we really wanted to show a unified ohana by involving every island if we could. We even had a few Realtors do a project on Lanai.”
On Maui, the volunteers arrived at the Pomaikai Elementary School campus in Kahului bright and early on the morning of Oct. 14, where they were given a brief orientation. After a quick review of the “honey-do” list, they rolled up their sleeves, opened a few cans of paint, and got to work. By the end of the day, they had stenciled and painted sets of coordinating numbers up and down the school’s staircases to help students learn their multiplication tables. “We went through several sets of staircases and attached the stencils, then went through and painted them, then went through a final time and removed the stencils after the paint dried,” Clapper explained.
Baldos says she was thrilled by the end result. “I participated in Realtor Action Day because of the gratitude that I have for our clients,” she said. “As a Realtor, our clients come from the community. It felt right to give back to them through a day dedicated to community outreach. Participating was an opportunity to understand how our work not only affects our current clients—our impact extends towards the future generations as well.’
Like her fellow volunteers, Peralto said she relished the opportunity to give the elementary school some TLC. “Participating in the Realtor Action Day allowed me the opportunity to do a little part to help the teachers and children of our community,” she said. “It was fun and I enjoyed the time sharing our efforts in this small way.”
This was the first coordinated Realtor Action Day on Maui—and Clapper says it won’t be the last. “We look forward to growing the event and serving more schools around the island,” she said.
She encourages all RAM members to consider signing up for next year’s Realtor Action Day. “I would encourage anyone to who has two hours on a single Sunday in the fall to consider serving in this capacity,” Clapper said. “We provide all the supplies, instruction—and snacks, too. It’s a family-friendly event, so kids are welcome, and it’s a great opportunity to allow them to experience serving their community.”
To learn more about Realtor Action Day or to view a list of the community service projects that took place statewide on Sunday, Oct. 14, visit www.hawaiirealtors.com/rad/.
By Sarah Ruppenthal
The Maui News – November 17, 2018