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Give Maui students the tools for success at school

By Staff | Jul 22, 2010

The 2010-11 school year will begin soon, and in these tough times, some parents don’t have money to buy school supplies for their children.

Maui’s public schools are also ridiculously underfunded, so teachers need supplies for their classrooms throughout the year.

Recognizing these needs, Maui’s Rotary Clubs each summer hold island-wide School Supplies Drives.

Members of the Rotary Club of Lahaina and Lahaina Sunrise will collect donations at Longs Drugs at Lahaina Cannery Mall and Office Max at Lahaina Gateway Center on Saturday, July 24, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

At the drives, Rotarians will have School Supply Lists of items needed by Maui keiki and teachers. Customers are encouraged to buy items on the list or make a donation.

Additional locations are Longs and Safeway in Kihei on July 24 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Longs (Upcountry) on July 24 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Walmart on July 24 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Office Max in Kahului on Sunday, July 25, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Monday, July 26, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For information, or to make a contribution for school supplies, contact your local club or call Hawaii Assistant District Governor Mark Harbison at 283-3785.

Napili Plaza will hold a Back-To-School supplies drive with the Queen Liliuokalani Children’s Center on Saturday, July 31, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to support West Maui families and children.

Enjoy music by Jimmy Mac and the Kool Kats and dance numbers by the kids from Maui Academy of Performing Arts, and bring along pencils, pens and new school supplies for children from kindergarten to high school. For information on the program or back to school supplies, call 878-1888 or e-mail yukilei.sugimura@gmail.com.

We can’t have students show up at school without everything they need. Please contribute to these school supply drives.