Got Pono? get your school $1,000

Got Pono? If you are part of any school group responsible for successful projects or activities that addressed bullying and encouraged respect and peace at your school this year, the E Ola Pono (EOP) Campaign wants to hear about it. In fact, you can be awarded up to $1000 because of your school’s effort to “grow pono”, to create a learning environment that is filled with respect and peace for all students.

The deadline to submit needed information to join this year’s Campaign and become eligible for monetary awards is midnight May 11. To learn how to participate, visit the Campaign website at www.growingponoschools.com.

The E Ola Pono Campaign is a yearly initiative encouraging student activism to improve school communities. Any school group can enter this fifth annual statewide event by sharing how they helped build respect and aloha at their school. According to Campaign Coordinator Sara Ka‘imipono Banks, “Students are the ones with creative ideas on how to influence their peers. Participating schools are sharing wonderful experiences that have helped youth understand how pono can be our “GPS” that guides us to make positive choices. When you ask students if something they did was pono, they usually know if it was the right (pono) thing to do.”

The Hawai‘i Civil Rights Commission is a partner on this project, which is also sponsored by Hawaiian Telcom, the Jack Johnson ‘Ohana, Lima Kokua, Foundation 857 Inc., and the Hawai‘i Convention Center. Banks also coordinates a research grant called the “Growing Pono Schools (GPS) Project,” administered through the University of Hawai‘i, Center on Disability Studies, in partnership with Alu Like, Inc.

For any questions about participation or help with submission of reflections and a video or PowerPoint, please call EOP Campaign Coordinator Sara Banks at 808-479-1431 or Project Staff member Randee Golden at 808-896-2045.

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