HONOLULU — Hawaii State Federal Credit Union (Hawaii State FCU) announced today it has awarded $19,950 to 45 teachers on Oahu, Maui and Hawaii Island through its 2016 Investing in Education grant program. Now in its eighth year, the grant program supports Hawaii public school teachers by providing up to $500 for educational resources, including basic supplies, books, furniture, electronic equipment, technology and activities that help their students learn in the classroom.
The 45 grant recipients are Department of Education teachers and Hawaii State FCU members teaching a variety of subjects at the elementary, middle and high school level. Recipients were chosen based on essay submissions detailing their classroom needs and educational goals.
While several teachers requested funding for basic materials such as art supplies, erasers, pens and learning games, many purchased high-tech and hands-on items to bring their lessons to life:
- Denalee Choy, a technology teacher at Noelani Elementary School, purchased a set of programmable Dash robots to teach her students to write code on iPads.
- Garrett Hatakenaka, a STEM teacher at Kaiser High School, purchased tools and equipment for his students to measure and create 3D prototypes to learn math and science concepts.
- Christopher Rhoades, technology coordinator and digital media instructor at Kaala Elementary School, purchased lighting equipment for his video production class, where students learn to write scripts, operate cameras, direct and edit their own films.
“When it comes to giving back, our members and employees both agree that supporting education in Hawaii is a key priority and an investment in the future of our children,” said Andrew Rosen, Hawaii State FCU president and CEO. “We believe that when our teachers have the support and resources they need, our children benefit from greater engagement in the classroom and a higher quality of education.”
Since 2009, Hawaii State FCU’s Investing in Education grant program has funded 390 educational grants with more than $176,800 awarded to support Hawaii’s teachers. Hawaii State FCU also invests in higher education; its Lowell Kalapa Scholarship Program has awarded more than $540,000 over the past 20 years to help students attend universities, colleges and trade schools in Hawaii and on the mainland.