With public schools on a summer break, Imperial Pacific International, Ltd. is going full swing with its School Pride Project, a pioneering partnership outreach and engagement initiative of the Corporate Social Responsibility department of the Hong Kong-based investment giant.
The project is key to a larger signature community and environmental-oriented initiative, the “Village Pride Project” of IPI.
In the last two years, Imperial Pacific’s CSR partnered with 13 public elementary, middle and high schools in the Commonwealth, providing outreach services through partnership with the schools’ repair and rehabilitation work needs.
This initiative has helped public schools with their maintenance and upkeep—costly routine work for a school district that relies on government funding.
There are 18 public schools under the CNMI Public School System, the largest and non-revenue generating government instrumentality in the Commonwealth.
With Imperial Pacific’s engagement with public schools, through its School Pride Project, it is able to help ease some of the challenges that beset schools.
The Commonwealth has over 10,000 public schools students.
GES is first
Garapan Elementary School had been undergoing extensive facelift and rehabilitation work in several areas.
Home to the largest public elementary school population in the Commonwealth, GES is first to benefit from Imperial Pacific’s School Pride Project.
School principal Leila C. Yumul said her school continues to receive tremendous support from Imperial Pacific CSR. This work include the repair and rehabilitation of the school’s only swing set, which was rendered unsafe for use, water blasting and cleanup in preparation for the school’s annual safety and health inspection, maintenance of school grounds, and repair and water blasting of the school’s basketball court and backboards.
The project is also working to rehabilitate the school’s stage. This has been in dire need for major maintenance work due to storm damage.
The need for more funds to repair the stage is also a factor.
IPI’s Corporate Social Responsibility department had also extended support in form of donations to various school-related events to encourage student and family participation.
“Imperial Pacific has been more than supportive of the needs of the school. Their contributions have been helpful in providing a safe and healthy school environment, and allowing the students to gain access to community events and activities,” Yumul said in a statement.
Yumul, in particular, noted that IPI-CSR is always willing and ready to assist.
“The factors we considered [in reaching out] to Imperial Pacific International is its quick response, the willingness to assist and provide support to assist the students, and great community involvement in meeting both IPI-CSR and Garapan Elementary School goals,” she said.
The partnership between GES and Imperial Pacific’s CSR team is built on teamwork.
“Garapan Elementary School is beyond grateful for all that Imperial Pacific have offered to the school. The assistance is beyond needed and appreciated. The work and donations have been due to great teamwork and commitment to the goal of GES and IPI,” Yumul added. (PR)