On September 2, 2017, Satur-day, the Maris Stella School held its second carnival fundraiser to raise funds to help the school with its expenses. President of the Parents &Teachers & Students Association (PTSA), Mr. Gerald Tulop; collaborated with Principal Lorenza Olkeriil to put on a successful fundraising event. The other officers of the Maris Stella School are: J. Uduch Sengebau Senior Vice President, Bibbie Kumangai Secretary and Francis Remengesau Treasurer.
The Back to School Family Carnival theme was very successful last year and the school decided to go it again this year. The carnival this year was also a wonderful commemoration of the 60th year of Maris Stella School. Maris Stella School opened its doors in 1957 and the first graduating class was in 1958. The funfilled day brought together families, students, teachers, parents and alumni of the school. The school successfully raised $31,500.00 that day.
The Principal of Maris Stella School, Lorenza Olkeriil, wishes to thank the entire community of Palau including the generous corporate business and private donors who came together on Saturday, Sept 2, 2017, to help Maris Stella School.
Since this is the 60th year of the school, fundraising activities will continue until the end of this school year in May 2018.. Principal Olkeriil welcomes any and all donations from the alumni, and supporters of the school through the next year. First Lady Debbie Remengesau was on hand at the carnival to give awards to the best booths made by the students in each grade with the support of their parents.
The family atmosphere at the carnival fundraiser made it a lot of fun for both the students and their families. Maris Stella School hopes to make this an annual fundraising event an MSS Back-to-School Family Carnival during the Labor Day weekend. The money raised at this carnival will be used to purchase textbooks and to benefit the teachers. Mr. Salvador Tellames of Palau Wave Radio and Mr. Patrick Knight of Eco-Paradise/t8AA radio stations were able to broadcast the carnival "live" from the MSS Field.