Credit Union Re­sponds To Teach­ers’ Wish Lists With $19,948

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

A lit­tle bit of help can go a long way in the class­room. Hawaii State Fed­eral Credit Union knows that, which is why it do­nated $19,948.28 to 45 public school­teach­ers in 2014 — in­clud­ing nine in Wind­ward Oahu.

The In­vest­ing in Ed­u­ca­tion grants ad­dress in­di­vid­ual re­quests from teach­ers who sub­mit es­says ex­plain­ing how the money will be used in their class­rooms.

“It seems like ev­ery teacher out there is al­ways spend­ing their own money for sup­plies, and they need help on this,” ex­plained Karen Ho of HSFCU.

“It was a way we could touch as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble and help them out.

“We nor­mally give out from $200 to $500 per re­quest, and we look to see if it’s some­thing that we feel is re­ally go­ing to help in ed­u­cat­ing the stu­dents,” Ho said.

“There are so many things out there that we didn’t re­al­ize.”

En­chanted Lake El­e­men­tary School’s Marie Kira, for ex­am­ple, will use her funds to pur­chase a read­ing ta­ble, books and stor­age bas­kets for her first-graders, in or­der to help them meet Com­mon Core stan­dards.

Other Wind­ward Oahu re­cip­i­ents in­clude Yvette Spain and Lara Hi­gashi of En­chanted Lake El­e­men­tary, Su­san Burch of Ka­neohe El­e­men­tary, Jen­nifer Joaquin of King In­ter­me­di­ate, Lynne John­son and Audra Uitto of Ka­neohe El­e­men­tary, Pua­nani Kama of Pu‘ohala El­e­men­tary and Neal Manutai of Kahuku High & In­ter­me­di­ate.

Ho noted that all 45 of this year’s grant re­cip­i­ents are first-time awardees, and that in­ter­ested ap­pli­cants for the 2015 cy­cle ( which opens Aug. 1) should sub­mit their re­quest as early as pos­si­ble.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call Ho at 447-8084.

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