Event provides key support for tutor project
LAHAINA – The Aina Nalu Wine & Silent Auction Fundraiser, held on May 23 at the Aina Nalu pavilion, was a huge success, benefiting the Lahaina Complex After School Enrichment Tutor Project with a substantial donation of $22,000.
Contributions toward the success of the event were comprised of financial donations, including generous donations from Aloha Realty Group and others, ticket sales and many silent auction donations from Lahaina merchants and artists.
Half of the $22,000 donation will be used for each of the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school year programs. Program instructional materials and necessary supplies will be funded to continue improving the reading and math programs.
This year, a portion of the funds will be used for the fourth grade math program, which includes approximately 50 students and 60 tutors. Binders for tutors and students will be replaced, and hands-on multiplication mastery tools – to create more excitement, so more students master multiplication tables – will be purchased. Funds will also provide third- to eighth-graders with achievement incentives, including field trips and books of their choice.
The all-volunteer tutoring program has many success stories from the last 14 years. The president, secretary and treasurer of Lahainaluna High School’s student body were all tutoring students from the elementary and middle schools. We are proud of their leadership and academic accomplishments.
Several students who were in the tutoring program have graduated from four-year colleges. One recent student graduated magna cum laude and will be working as a nurse in Hawaii.
For more information, or to volunteer for this important program as a tutor or in another capacity, contact Pat Endsley at (808) 269-2600 or Barbara Potts at (808) 344-5008. To donate to the program, which has no regular source of funding, you can do so online at www.razoo.com/story/People-For-Educational-Equality or send a check to People for Educational Equality, c/o Barbara Potts, at 660 Wainee St., I-107, Lahaina, HI 96761.