Little did Hagadone Printing Co. employees who volunteered to read twice a week to Puuhale Elementary School students for one of their community service projects know they would soon be rallying the community to keep the school open.
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After some research, Hagadone President Clint Schroeder said they found out that Puuhale Elementary had good scores in math and reading.
“We also found out that Kalihi Kai, where they would be going, would be one of the largest schools after consolidation,” he said.
Hagadone participated in a letter-writing campaign, then the company started to help the school think of proposals to generate revenue and reduce costs such as utilizing solar electric.
“We wanted to present alternatives to be a model instead of a problem,” Schroeder said.
Lorelei Karasaki, Puuhale Elementary School’s principal at the time, appreciated Hagadone’s efforts, which included a Facebook page as well as sign waving at rush hour and during the Great Aloha Run.
“They really took the lead,” Karasaki said. “They were the voice of the school. They have so much experience and expertise.”
Schroeder noted that all 150 employees were involved and other businesses also offered to help out.
“It was so gratifying to me to see everyone jump on the bandwagon,” he said. “People do care, and businesses do have influence. We provided the battle cry. We asked the question, if we close important schools, how do we expect to become a good state?”
Rolling up their sleeves with parents, teachers, students, other businesses, politicians and community leaders, Hagadone’s efforts contributed to the Department of Education’s decision in February to keep Puuhale Elementary open.
That was just one of the company’s community service efforts.
“What we do is we sit down and we have a strategic planning meeting,” said Jonelle Rezantes, vice president of sales. “This past year we chose three pillars of excellence — children’s arts, education and literacy.”
When the company chooses to help out, the project must fit one of those three areas, she said.
“When it comes to the service projects, we wanted something where we could get involved,” she said. ”We allowed our employees to help out on company time and money.”
Other projects they helped with included donating posters, programs, social media, and public relations expertise for a fundraiser which resulted in a $10,000 check presentation to Hale Kipa from the Rotary Club of Metropolitan Honolulu. Between the department heads and the sales force, the company is represented in 45 organizations, Schroeder said.
One of the resources that the company has been able to use in its community service efforts is its H1 Marketing Division, which offers services that can help its 3,000 clients with website design, content design, graphic arts, and social media so that they can have a consistent online image with their print materials.
The community partnerships Hagadone employees form benefit the company, Schroeder said. .
“I look at those people that do the most in the community,” he said. “I always think of those people first.”