A&B supports school volunteers

Kaua‘i Planning & Action Alliance recently received a financial contribution from the Alexander & Baldwin Foundation for its Community Volunteers in the Classroom initiative. The CVC program partners volunteers with teachers and staff in Kaua‘i public elementary schools to promote student achievement. Presenting the check was Tim Hoxie of Kaua‘i Commercial Company, one of A&B’s subsidiaries.

Academic success is the primary focus of the CVC program. Research shows that children who master reading and math by late elementary school demonstrate healthier behaviors and greater success in life. Forming strong bonds with caring adults and developing a positive commitment to school are other protective factors offered by classroom volunteers.

The CVC program is guided by KPAA’s Education Action Team, composed of representatives from the Department of Education, business, nonprofits and the community. Education Action Team member Nadine Nakamura, owner of NKN Project Planning, states in a press release, “We surveyed principals at all schools and heard that teachers need consistent, reliable support in the classroom through the school year. By linking individual volunteers with teachers, our goal is to increase student achievement throughout Kaua‘i’s elementary schools.”

Attorney Nancy Budd, another Education Action Team member and herself a volunteer at Wilcox Elementary School, states in a press release, “Every child I’ve tutored has brightened my life. The teachers I’ve worked with are talented and creative, giving me a chance to work with the children in many different ways.”

Other sponsors of the CVC program include the Hawai‘i Department of Education — Kaua‘i District, Hawai‘i Community Foundation and Annie Sinclair Knudsen Memorial Fund.

Kaua‘i Planning & Action Alliance is a non-profit organization that serves as a neutral convener, providing a forum for the community to develop and implement effective solutions to issues that matter to Kaua‘i.

To receive an application or to learn more about the Community Volunteers in the Classroom program, contact Sarah Shiraki at KPAA at 632-2005.

Applications also can be downloaded from the KPAA Web site at www.kauainetwork.org.

The deadline for applications is Dec. 15.

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