Poipu Rotary donates to The Koloa Early School

  • Photo courtesy of The Koloa Early School

    The Koloa Early School students in front from left are Skylar DiNorscio, Maia Keanini, Cheyann Morishige, Max Pedro and Jahstice Aceret-Ipac, thanking Rotary Club of Poipu Beach members for their generous donations. In back from left are Rotarians Milani Pimental, Dr. John Black and Michael Bill, and TKES’ Alex Sirois and Mandie Gibson.

KOLOA — “The Poipu Rotarians were in Christmas spirit,” said Alex Sirois, board member of The Koloa Early School.

The Rotary Club of Poipu Beach hosted TKES as guests during their Dec. 13 meeting at La Spezia restaurant in Koloa, and presented them with holiday presents.

Rotarians volunteered to gift the school iPads, and donated funds to purchase child-development software that will enable teachers to track each child’s development and organize portfolios.

Sirois, along with TKES board president Ronalee Eckberg, gave a presentation on the importance of early childhood care and education, and the significance of the school.

“At the meeting we expressed our need for some iPads for our teachers’ use and for the app ‘Learning Genie,’” Eckberg said. “A gentleman visiting Rotary that day donated an iPad, and a member who is also a grandparent of one of our former students donated an iPad and the app fees.”

Parents of The Koloa Early School students will be able to log in to the app at home to track their child’s progress and see their work portfolio.

“The app allows the teacher to track each child’s progress instantly and formats that information for parent conferences that we do twice a year,” Eckberg said. “We can pass that information to the kindergarten teacher at the school the child will attend. It’s a great tool and will save our teachers time that they can spend with the keiki.”

The success of The Koloa Early School school rides on the assistance it receives from individuals and from clubs like Rotary, she said.

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