WAILUA — Project Graduation leaders from each of Kaua‘i’s public high schools earned an ward of $500 each on Saturday from the Kaua‘i Association for Family and Community Education..
Lenore Klass, president of the association, presented the funds at a meeting at Wailua Marina Restaurant to three chairs of the program that offers graduating high school seniors a safe venue for celebration.
The association recognized the work of Millie Ah Hee of the Kapa‘a High School program, Darnell Aquino of the Kaua‘i High School program and Renee Gaspar of the Waimea High School program.
Kaua‘i’s Project Grad programs are funded solely through private donations and contributions, the school program chairs said.
Project Grad is a chaperoned, alcohol-free all-night celebration for graduating seniors. The events feature food, entertainment and prizes.
The Kaua‘i Association for Family and Community Education has been active on Kaua‘i for more than 60 years and is made up of five clubs — Club Musubi, Hui Anuenue, Hui Holomua, Kalaheo and Kukuiolono.
It is affiliated with the National Association for Family and Community Education and a member of the state association. The associations, in cooperation with the University of Hawai‘i Cooperative Extension Service, shares research-based information with the goal of strengthening communities.
Kaua‘i Association for Family and Community Education members recently prepared dinner for homeless residents at a local emergency shelter as part of the national “Make A Difference Day.”
Other annual projects include donating books as part of the national “Books for Newborns” program, organizing the home show at the Kaua‘i County Farm Bureau Fair and facilitating “Character Counts!,” a nationwide character education program.
• Dennis Fujimoto, photographer and staff writer, can be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 253) or dfujimoto@ thegardenisland.com.