Jar­rett’s Got All-Star Help

MidWeek Islander (East Oahu) - - EAST OAHU ISLANDER / DECEMBER 1, 2010 / - By CHRIS FLECK

A por­tion of a $50,000 grant to Af­ter-School All­Stars Hawaii from the Clarence T. C. Ching Foun­da­tion is as­sist­ing atrisk stu­dents at Jar­rett Mid­dle School in Palolo.

The non­profit ASAS works to pro­vide free, qual­ity com­pre­hen­sive af­ter­school pro­grams to keep chil­dren safe and help them suc­ceed in school and in life.

“Our vi­sion is to pro­vide these stu­dents with op­por­tu­ni­ties to par­tic­i­pate in ed­u­ca­tional, sports, cul­tural and com­mu­nity en­rich­ment pro­grams; to build con­fi­dence and self-es­teem, en­cour­ag­ing youths to say ‘no’ to drugs and vi­o­lence, and ‘yes’ to hope, learn­ing and life,” said ASAS Hawaii chap­ter ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Dawn Dun­bar.

Cur­rently there are more than 100 stu­dents en­rolled in its pro­gram at Jar­rett, and any stu­dent with a par­ent or guardian’s per­mis­sion can join. “For this age group it is in­cred­i­bly im­por­tant for stu­dents to have a place to go af­ter school, and be ex­posed to these pos­i­tive pro­grams be­fore high school,” said Megan Grimshaw, the school’s ASAS co­or­di­na­tor. “It is ex­tremely valu­able for a child’s growth.”

Pro­grams are open from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. on all school days, start­ing with an hour of fun, ed­u­ca­tional ac­tiv­i­ties in his­tory, math and sci­ence. The sec­ond hour is for home­work, bring­ing teach­ers in to as­sist stu­dents. The third hour is time for fun, such as Fris­bee, bas­ket­ball, foot­ball, ukulele lessons, dance, show choir, art, cook­ing, lit­er­a­ture, phi­los­o­phy and more.

ASAS, which was founded by Arnold Sch­warzeneg­ger in 1990, serves 70,000 youths ages 12 to 15 yearly through free af­ter-school and sum­mer pro­grams through­out the coun­try.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call Jar­rett Mid­dle School at 733-4888.

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