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E kuhikuhi pono i na au iki a me na au nui o ka ‘ike
Instruct well in the little and the large currents of knowledge
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This new initiative at the Kohala Schools Complex on Hawai‘i Island cultivates partnerships to bring needed academic, health, and social support services for students and their families. “The Complex’s three schools are Title I eligible and it has been recognized that so many of the students are coming to school with excess baggage,” says Alison Masutani, PIDF Vice President of Operations and the Program Manager for Pili a Pa‘a. “Unless we help to remove that baggage, no matter how strong the instruction is, the students will have difficulty learning.” That ‘baggage’ Masutani is referring to includes poverty, food insecurity, and poor physical, mental or emotional health. One of the Project’s goals is to increase academic achievement of disadvantaged and under-served students through the development of after school enrichment programs able provide positive alternatives for students’ free time. Support from the Nā ‘Ōiwi Kāne Fund will go towards two different mentorship programs: sports conditioning and music. The Piha me ka Pono Project is an offshoot of the existing Pili a Pa’a program, which was created to build teachers’ skills in instructional delivery in order to raise student achievement, particularly for the Native Hawaiian students, and it is also at the Kohala Schools Complex.