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ʻĀINA Reaches Thousands in our 12th Year

July 30, 2018

Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation works directly with 23 Oʻahu elementary schools that have implemented the ʻĀINA In Schools program. 154 educators from 68 schools and educational organizations across Oʻahu were trained this school year to implement the ʻĀINA garden, composting, and nutrition curricula with hundreds of students across the state. Three new ʻĀINA Schools were added this year. 123 Nutrition Docents led 890 nutrition lessons, reaching 2,512 students, while 250 garden and compost docents delivered 1,952 garden and compost lessons to 5,596 students. These docents also shared their time attending docent trainings and caring for the school gardens. 150 students participated in 13 weekly garden clubs.

15 partner chefs provided 14 ʻĀINA Chef Visits to schools this semester with nearly 1,000 students making healthy, kid-friendly recipes with local and school garden-sourced ingredients. A local farmer provided Classroom Visits to nearly 400 students at 5 schools. ‘ĀINA Schools provided 53 ‘ĀINA-themed educational outreach events including film screenings, cooking workshops, wellness nights, farmers’ markets, CSAs, and other ʻĀINA-themed fundraising. Over 338 family, school staff, and community members volunteered at 11 Garden Parties. 34 teachers, ʻĀINA docents, and parents attended our Farm to School Field Trips for Educators, visiting ʻĀINA schools, farms, and restaurants.

ʻĀINA In Schools partnered with Department of Health, Department of Education, and Mālama Kauaʻi, Island Pacific Academy, Kamehameha Schools, Ulu Aʻe Learning Center, Blue Zones Hawaiʻi, and Aloun Farms to provide hands-on professional development ʻĀINA Curriculum Trainings to 154 educators across 68 Oʻahu and Kauaʻi schools.