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Amber Aduja 09-10 National American Miss Jr Preteen spreads cheer to Military Families !



On February 5, 2010, St. Ann’s Model Schools 5th grader Amber Aduja, National American Miss (“NAM”) Jr. Preteen Queen 2010, of Kaneohe visited the Tripler Army Medical Center (“TAMC”) Department of Pediatrics, in furtherance of her final day of the “Dividends for Life” themed Catholic Schools Week (February 1 – 5, 2010). The purpose of St. Ann’s Model School’s participation in the annual national Catholic Schools Week is to instill in their students a lifelong commitment to serving others. Through Amber’s continuous work with the Lokahi Giving Project, a Hawaii non-profit organization whose mission is to assist in-need families, and at-risk children and teens, she obtained University of Hawaii (“UH”) baseball caps to give to TAMC pediatric patients suffering from broken bones, cancer, leukemia or other illness or injury. At TAMC, Amber greeted its young patients and passed out UH baseball caps to in-patient children of the Pediatric Ward, their parents and siblings, and TAMC nurses and staff.

“It was a very rewarding experience to introduce myself to the children, their parents, and nurses; recite my NAM personal introduction to them and share my experiences as a national titleholder. It felt great to give then all UH baseball caps,” exclaimed Amber Aduja. “I hope I’ve spread the aloha spirit to our military families, especially for all their hard world peace and homeland security efforts and all the relief and development work that they are doing in Haiti,” Amber explains. “Their children can always use a cheerful visit and a gift every once in awhile to show our deep appreciation for all that their families do. All our prayers are with the military children as they recover. We wish them health and wellness,” Amber said.

“This was a very touching experience and I hope that my experience can serve as a role model for all students to make a lifelong commitment to serve others in our community,” Amber said.


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