Island Pacific Academy graduates decided to do something different with their graduation party. Instead of a lavish night they changed into street clothes after their graduation ceremony and got on a bus headed for Target. Once there, they split up into teams and were given a list of items that a local food pantry was in need of. Each team was given $300. The team who bought the most items with that money won.
The members of the 2016 graduating class began planning their grad night during their junior year. They all agreed that a big party would be a waste of money and all 39 students unanimously decided they wanted to do something to help their community instead.
After the Target trip the graduates all went to a fellow classmates house to have a simple backyard party including s’mores, guitars and ping pong. The parents also got in on the spirit of giving and revealed to the students at their party how their graduation party money was spent. Waianae Mountains Watershed Partnership will receive $1,000 in tools and supplies and the next years senior class will use those tools to plant 39 trees in their honor. Kahuku High School will receive $2,000 to help their students attend a National Science Conference in Tennessee this summer. There were other donations as well. The graduates’ wishlist was fullfilled but none of the wishes were for themselves.