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Teachers from Hawai’i public schools can apply for Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation Project Grants to help advance their environmental education goals. Previous grantees have used KHF funds for garden supplies, eco-footprint workshops, vermicompost trainings, and more. One school has raised enough worms to start a commercial-scale vermicomposting bin for their campus food waste!

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Rain Garden Project

Blanche Pope Elementary School

Funding from Kokua Hawai'i Foundationʻs Mini-Grant Program provided tools and plants for Blanche Pope Elementary Schoolʻs “Rain Garden Project.” Using the Aina schools Nutrition and Garden PD3 program, teacher Brynn Leake offered lessons on how to grow and maintain native plants. The 2nd grade students were provided hands-on, place and project-based learning experiences that allowed a strong understanding of how rain gardens and native Hawaiian plants help to malama our ocean and streams.

The lessons resulted in thriving kalo plants, kupukupu (fishbone ferns), native sledge, akia, ‘ilima, uki’uki, pohinahina, ma’o (endangered hibiscus), and olena. Congratulations to Brynn Leake and Blanche Pope Elementary Schoolʻs 2nd grade for a job well-done!