Wells: Canada Help­ing Schools

MidWeek Islander (Windward Oahu) - - Windward Oahu Islander -

A re­cent sales-in­cen­tive trip to Hawaii brought a celebrity jew­elry em­pire in touch with a Wind­ward­based non­profit that helps ful­fill the hum­blest needs of area schools.

Com­mu­nity Help­ing Schools was the proud re­cip­i­ent of a $3,331.18 check from lia sophia, a di­rect-sell­ing fash­ion jew­elry com­pany that was in Hawaii to re­ward its top sales per­form­ers from Canada. The money was put to work right away by CHS founder Kathie Wells, who con­verted the do­na­tion to con­struc­tion paper, wa­ter­color paint sets, class­room fans, pens, glue and more from teach­ers’ wish lists.

“This was such a great group of car­ing, gen­er­ous women,” said Wells, a Real­tor with Cold­well Banker Pa­cific Prop­er­ties. (She also started Kala­heo’s Project Grad­u­a­tion when her sons at­tended and es­tab­lished a schol­ar­ship at the school.) “At CHS, we be­lieve one of the best chances for chil­dren to suc­ceed in life is through com­mu­nity sup­port for a good ed­u­ca­tion.”

Mar­cia Cota, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of lia sophia Canada, said she ap­pre­ci­ated the Hawai­ian hos­pi­tal­ity shown to her group, “and this seemed like a small way to show our grat­i­tude.”

To learn how you can help is­land schools via CHS — from right here in Hawaii — visit com­mu­ni­ty­help­ingschools.org.

Kathie Wells (in solid blue) re­cently ac­cepted gifts in Waikiki from mem­bers of the lia sophia group on be­half of Com­mu­nity Help­ing Schools. The com­pany also do­nated a to­tal of $3,331.18 to the Wind­ward-based CHS to help ful­fill teach­ers’ wish lists here. With Wells at the pre­sen­ta­tion are lia-sophia sales rep­re­sen­ta­tives (from left) Jo­hanne Bolduc, Tammy Dixon, Tracy Ste­wart, Mar­cia Cota and Denise Ouel­lette. Photo from Kathie Wells.

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