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Hawaiian culture makes big dollar difference at Colorado Springs school

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The culture of native Hawaiians is supporting a major push to expand curriculum at Scott elementary in Colorado Springs. It is also a nod to parents pitching in at schools..

One parent pushed the idea of creating an outdoor classroom. It is an area to put lessons from books into hands on learning. They got a $5 thousand dollar great from Lowe’s only dreaming big pushed plans far beyond the budget.

When another parent heard about the project needing more money, he offered to approach his bosses. His company, Dawson Construction, is a native Hawaiian company with a division in Colorado Springs It promotes supporting employees like they are family. They also promote the Hawaiian heritage of treating land where we live as sacred. "These values include malama aina and malama honua, which means to care for our world and care for our land, said Derek Kekaulike Mar with Dawson, “And I think this project here at Scott Elementary demonstrates that." Kekaulike Mar flew in from Hawaii to talk to the kids at the school.

Dawson donated architects, materials, equipment and workers.  They did not specify a dollar amount, but the school principal estimates tens of thousands of dollars.

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