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Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset delivers school supplies to Hana School students

By Staff | Sep 19, 2019

Fourth-graders at Hana School show their excitement when their school was presented with a check for $850 for school supplies along with 40 boxes of collected supplies from the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset and King Kamehameha III School. Adults in the back row are (from left): Beth Senner, fourth grade teacher; club President Heidi Dollinger; Principal Chris Sanita; and club Vocational Service Chair, Tori Taylor.

LAHAINA – Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset President Heidi Dollinger and Vocational Service Chair Tori Taylor recently presented 40 boxes and bags of school supplies and a check for $850 to the students at Hana School for school supplies.

Youth Service Chair Erica Gale provided the large van for the transport of these supplies to the school.

Hana School has been “adopted” by the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset to be the beneficiary of annual school supplies drives and other youth-related projects.

The funds and over 20 boxes of school supplies were collected at the club’s School Supplies Drive held at Lahaina Cannery Mall in September.

Upon learning that Hana School needed supplies, Karen Twitchell, a teacher at King Kamehameha III Elementary School, approached her staff to help support the children.

Another 20 boxes and bags collected from Kamehameha III teachers were added to the ones collected at the drive.

Of special note was a large financial contribution from Lahaina restaurant owners Mark and Judy Ellman

According to President Dollinger, “Hana is more than 70 miles from Lahaina and it traverses 52 one-way bridges to get there, but it is not far from the minds of our club members. We recognize there is a need in the community to help families and teachers with the cost of school supplies for education.”

Dollinger and Taylor were enthusiastically greeted and cheered by all of the fourth grade students, their teachers and Principal Christopher Sanita.

This School Supplies Drive is one of the many community service projects sponsored by the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset.

For more information, contact President Dollinger at Heidi.LahainaSunset@gmail.com.