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Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation School Programs and Resources for Educators

August 02, 2013

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Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation offers a variety of environmental education initiatives to Hawaiʻi schools:

  • ʻĀINA In Schools 
    ĀINA In Schools is a farm to school initiative that connects children to their local land, waters, and food to grow a healthier Hawaiʻi. In addition to encouraging the use of locally grown fruits and vegetables in school meals and snacks, the program includes standards-based garden and nutrition curricula that empower children to grow their own food and make wise food decisions. ʻĀINA In Schools also provides field trips to local farms as well as chef cooking demonstrations in classrooms. Outreach efforts engage parents and other community members in environmental protection and healthy food choices.
  • Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation Field Trip Grants
    Help bring students to outdoor sites where they can experience hands-on learning about Hawaiʻi's environement. Preference is given to Hawaiʻi public schools which otherwise could not participate in environmental field trips. Applications are being accepted now through March 1, 2014 for funding up to $1,000 per school. 
  • Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation Mini-Grants  
    Fund projects and teachers from Hawaiʻi schools to assist in advancing their environmental goals in the classroom and pursuing stewardship endeavors. The program offers assistance to schools which otherwise  could not purchase items or services needed to reach their goals. Applications are being accepted now through March 1, 2014 for funding up to $200 per teacher or $1,000 per school.
  • 3R’s School Recycling Program  
    mpowers students to engage and educate their school community about the 3R’s (reduce-reuse-recycling). The program supports on-campus recycling efforts by working with schools to strategize collection and redemption options and hosts bi-monthly Aloha ʻAina Recycling Drives at select 3R's participating schools across O'ahu, with host schools receiving proceeds from recycled material.  
  • Plastic Free Hawaiʻi  
    Provides resources, tools, and trainings to educate schools, business partners, and community members about the environmental and health benefits of going plastic free to minimize single-use plastics in our islands. The program supports communities and schools in coordinating beach cleanups, film screenings, and docent trainings to deliver Plastic Free Hawaiʻi educational presentations.
  • Kokua Hawaii Foundation Educational Events
    Throughout the year allow us to share a variety of environmental education initiatives with a broader community audience including parents, educators and school administrators. Be on the lookout for upcoming events including film screenings, presentations, trainings, workshops, and conferences.

In addition to the above programs, numerous environmental educational resources are available, including: Green Grants for Schools, Green Fundraising Ideas for Schools, and Healthy Snacks & Waste-Free Classroom Celebrations

These and many more can be found on the Resources page of our website