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COMMUNITY NEWS for August 4

August 4, 2016
Lahaina News

Award ceremony slated for Lahaina Poster Contest

Lahaina - Winners in the 28th annual Lahaina Poster Contest sponsored by LahainaTown Action Committee and Lahaina Arts Society will be announced at a reception on Thursday, Aug. 11, from 6 to 8 p.m.

The reception will be held in the Old Jail Gallery in the Old Lahaina Courthouse. For more information, go to www.visitlahaina.com or call Lynn Donovan at 667-9175.

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Five blacktip reef shark pups were recently introduced at Maui Ocean Center. At approximately two feet in length, the pups will reside in the Deep Reef exhibit for about a year before they are released back to their original home at sea.

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Sports after-school pilot program starting

HONOLULU - A sports after-school pilot program will be kicking off this fall at all eight of Maui, Lanai and Molokai's middle schools. Students can sign up at their respective school's administration office.

The program, which is called the Fall 2016 R.E.A.C.H. Maui Middle School Athletics Pilot Initiative, is being offered by Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui's R.E.A.C.H. (Resources for Academics, Culture and Health) after-school initiative for middle and intermediate school students.

Students will be able to participate in a basketball program from August to October. A volleyball program will also be offered and will begin in October and run through December. Each school will have two teams comprised of ten boys and ten girls for each sport.

Tsutsui said, "This sports program will have many positive outcomes, including teaching students about being part of a team and good sportsmanship as well as keeping them engaged and active during the after-school hours."

This pilot program seeks to measure whether an after-school athletics program is viable in Maui County. Maui County's Parks and Recreation Department is a partner in the program.

"As Maui County's population grows, so does the need for programs such as these for our keiki," said Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa. "Our children need structure and guidance, especially after school. I would personally like to thank Lt. Governor Tsutsui for bringing this program to Maui and look forward to a possible expansion, so that it may serve other families and communities."

If successful, the sports program could be expanded.

R.E.A.C.H.'s mission is to ensure all public school students in grades six to eight receive the academic and community-based support they need to stay on track toward high school graduation, engaging them in a broad-base of programs and activities, outside of regular instructional hours, in the areas of academic enrichment, arts and culture, and athletics.

Studies have shown that after-school programs not only keep students safe and engaged in learning, but they also help improve their academic performance, school attendance, behavior and health.

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Organ Transplant Maui support group to meet

WAILUKU - Have you had a transplant or want to find out more about them? Come and join Organ Transplant Maui's support group.

The group invites all who are interested in hearing from recipients, donors and caregivers that want to share and hear from one another on their experiences. Meetings are held on the first Saturday of every month at Liberty Dialysis at 95 Maui Lani Parkway in Wailuku from 10 to 11 a.m. E-mail organtransplantmaui@gmail.com or visit www.organtransplantmaui.org for more information.

 
 

 

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