Big ‘Bash’ for back to school

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    An army of volunteers made short work of packing more than 1,800 backpacks of school supplies Wednesday for giveaway during the Back to School Bash that will take place Saturday at Kukui Grove Center.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Representatives of some of the Back to School Bash partners, including clockwise from left Myrna Buster, Jeannie Odo, Sheila Bradley, Elyse Litvack, Maria Tomas, Melissa McFerrin-Warrack, David Posner, Judy Cano, Denise Roberts, Joycelyn Arford and state Department of Education Kauai Complex Area Superintendent William Arakaki meet to discuss the Saturday Back to School Bash in a Kukui Grove Center conference room.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Volunteers, including members of Kauai’s credit unions, Kauai High School and the state Department of Education, get a break waiting for the line of school supplies Wednesday during the packing of backpacks for the Back to School Bash at Kukui Grove Center.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Myrna Buster of Kauai’s credit unions, center, is among the volunteers working to pack more than 1,800 backpacks of school supplies Wednesday for giveaway during the Back to School Bash at Kukui Grove Center.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Shannon and Erik Burkman came off vacation Wednesday to help prepare backpacks of school supplies for giveaway during the Back to School Bash at Kukui Grove Center. Erik Burkman is principal of Kalaheo School.

LIHUE — The “Back to School Bash” begins at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Kukui Grove Center. It features entertainment, youth resources, a health fair, activity stations, prizes, and sales.

Highlight of the day is the giveaway of school supplies. More than 1,800 bags are being prepared for the giveaway that starts at noon and continues while supplies last. An additional 200 bags will be made available to agencies to accommodate families who might not be able to attend.

The first 500 students to register for the 5th annual school supplies giveaway are eligible to receive a book of their choice.

1 Comments
  1. Outstanding program July 11, 2019 1:53 am Reply

    This is an outstanding program for the children and parents of Kauai.

    Imagine what the county of Kauai could have done with the $20,000,000 it wasted on the two county roads by the county building on Kauai?

    Then the county raised the GET tax to secure higher salaries in the amount of 10-15%, in back to back 6 month periods from summer 2018 to spring 2019, for the top positions while they underperform and violate rules and regulations in four (4) consecutive audits for four (4) consecutive years.

    This is while the entry county level positions are paid dirt cheap and their salaries and raises go up to 1-2%.

    You have to question the integrity of your county government and hold them fiscally responsible before another furlough collusion occurs.

    All in the back packs program and supporting children and at a young age and helping struggling families on kauai is a great program.

    Now DOE has to find a way to improve the educational system and parents need to work together with DOE to help high school improve the thirst for knowledge and the importance of higher education to secure a brighter future.


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