Students, teachers, parents clean up Hopwood

Posted on Oct 14 2019

Students, teachers, and staff of Hopwood Middle School pose for a picture with Reps. Tina Sablan (Ind-Saipan) and Luis John Castro (R-Saipan) last Friday shortly after the cleanup at Hopwood’s Chalan Piao campus.

In hopes of seeing their return to the Hopwood Middle School campus in Chalan Piao come closer, school staff, student leaders, elected leaders, and members of Hopwood Middle School’s Parent-Teacher Association joined together to clean up the campus of debris and overgrown grass last Friday.

Hopwood principal Dr. Rizalina Liwag thanked everyone who joined, saying this is one way for students, teachers, and staff can do to help the campus for the time being.

Talks about the rehabilitation of the Chalan Piao campus is still ongoing within the Public School System. The school suffered catastrophic damage during Super Typhoon Yutu in October 2018.

Reps. Luis John Castro (R-Saipan), Tina Sablan (Ind-Saipan), and Richard Lizama (Ind-Saipan) joined the cleanup; other lawmakers contributed materials.

Rep. Edwin K. Propst (Ind-Saipan), Joseph Lee Pan Guerrero (R-Saipan), and Sen. Vinnie Sablan (Ind-Saipan) each sent staff and refreshments; they were unable to participate due to conflicting schedules. The Lady Diann Torres Foundation also sent refreshments.

CNMI Forestry and the Micronesian Islands Nature Alliance helped remove the collected debris from the campus. The Department of Public Works also provided manpower services and equipment.

While there is no current timeline on when the campus will be revitalized, Liwag said the Federal Emergency Management Agency recently visited the campus.

PSS has also been looking at ways to get the Chalan Piao campus up and running as soon as possible.

Super Typhoon Yutu left the school with only 19 usable classrooms; it had 54. The middle school is currently holding classes in a temporary campus next to Koblerville Elementary School made up of 42 military tents.

Marc Venus | Reporter
Marc Venus is the Saipan Tribune's public health and education reporter. He has an associate degree in Applied Sciences in Computer Applications and is working on his bachelor’s degree at the Northern Marianas College. Contact him at
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