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Maui Preparatory Academy honored with NobleCause grant to foster volunteerism

By Staff | Apr 7, 2016

Maui Preparatory Academy students conduct ocean research in the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) and Sustainability project.

LAHAINA – Maui Preparatory Academy has been awarded a $6,500 grant through NobleCause, a national grant competition mobilizing volunteers to address the greatest challenges facing their local communities.

These funds will support Maui Prep’s STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) and Sustainability project, which features inquiry-oriented and place-based learning.

This project will utilize highly successful citizen science programs to engage students in authentic and region-specific science research experiences, helping students to develop their action research skills.

Maui Prep’s six-week STEAM and Sustainability project is innovative in linking direct exploration of current local conditions to examine long-term changes in natural environments.

“Hawaii is a living laboratory for evolutionary studies, native/invasive species interactions, humpback whale conservation, not to mention the constant dynamic of human impact on various ecosystems and the accompanying issues of sustainability. It is critical that students develop skills that enable them to make sense of human effects on Earth’s systems. This project will allow students to explore scientific questions, participate in citizen science, draw and communicate conclusions with others,” said Ryan Kirkham, Maui Prep principal.

NobleCause funds will be used to purchase supplies, equipment and technology to support students in citizen science project activities.

NobleCause is made possible by a donor within the GiveWell Community Foundation and organized by NobleHour.com, a volunteer management tool that promotes a culture of civic engagement and charts meaningful acts of goodness.

For more than a decade, NobleHour has been connecting and equipping thousands of schools, nonprofit agencies and organizations to shape well-rounded students and service leaders, build better communities and measure their collective impact.

In total, the NobleCause competition awarded $1,000,000 in grants, recognizing 100 organizations at the $6,500 level and seven organizations at the $50,000 level.

All grant recipients demonstrated a remarkable ability to raise community awareness, foster partnerships and cultivate leaders who take action.

“We set out to encourage communities throughout the country to tell us their big, sustainable ideas to inspire quality volunteerism,” said Wesley Barnett, managing partner for TreeTop Commons and NobleHour.

“By organizing volunteers to address local concerns, NobleCause award recipients are defining social responsibility right in their own communities.”

For more information regarding the STEAM and Sustainability project, visit www.mauiprep.org.