ELE‘ELE — Hands of nearly 75 fourth-grade students at Eleele Elementary School shot skyward Wednesday morning when Principal Paul Zina asked how many would like to learn by moving around and doing something.
“The outdoor investigations and learning cannot be adequately replicated in the classroom,” Zina said in his application for an Alaka‘ina Foundation Grant.
Eleele School was one of three schools named to receive a total of $6,000 in awards from the Alaka‘ina Foundation. Eleele School received $2,000. Other schools earning awards include the Waimea High School ninth-grade class, and St. Theresa School in Kekaha for its STEM Plan.
Phil Kahue, president of Alaka‘ina Foundation and executive vice president of Ke‘aki Technologies, joined members of the Pacific Missile Range Facility Manu Kai Heart of ‘Ohana Committee members in making the presentation.
Kahue said grant funds are derived from contract work the firm performs. It is the second year for the Alaka‘ina Foundation grants and scholarships program.
The STEM program at St. Theresa intends to purchase supplies and equipment for projects as well as funding speakers and experts.
Waimea High School intends to incorporate STEM-integrated units and performance-based assessments.