Nonprofit gives teachers free supplies

LIHUE — Jennifer Rivera-Swigart was ecstatic over her acquisitions from Kumu’s Cupboard at the Kukui Grove Center.

The teacher at the Kapaa Elementary School came away with books and other supplies for her classroom.

“This is my first time I’ve been here, and look at all the things I was able to get,” she said.

Kumu’s Cupboard co-founder Sharon Lasker said there are new developments taking place at the nonprofit outlet for free resources — including school supplies, for teachers — that opened less than a month ago.

“We were at the Teacher Institute Day at Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School,” Lasker said.

“Look at all these National Geographic books that were donated to us.

“The distributor said it was less expensive for them to give them to us rather than take it back on the airlines. These are new books. Teachers almost always look for good books.”

The Usborne Book Fair at the historic Waimea Theater on Thursday will benefit Kumu’s Cupboard. The fair is being held in conjunction with Tales & Treats and starts at 6:30 p.m.

More book sales will help fill Kumu’s Cupboard with supplies and educational resources when a percentage from the Read Across America Usborne Books and More Fair opens March 4 at Kukui Grove Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The nonprofit is funded by donations.


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