By Mary Paterson
The Kauai North Shore Community Foundation’s Education Fund has established a number of exciting programs over the past two years, primarily for public school students, including Leap Forward and iLearn (formerly HMWMH). In addition, KNSCF continues to fund scholarships to deserving North Shore students through KCC. In 2019, we added two more programs that were so popular that we plan to continue them also. The details are outlined below.
LEAP Forward – Serves 6th-grade students transitioning to middle school. It helps them prepare for the differences, become organized, and understand the expectations of middle school. The program is held and administered by the two elementary schools – Hanalei and Kilauea – but funded by the Foundation. There is no charge for the students or parents.
iLearn – This program is designed to assist middle school students develop and maintain strong study habits so that they can achieve their full academic potential. We are excited to be partnering with the Princeville Library and the course is held once a week there. Sessions are facilitated by HTA teacher, Sean McHugh. iLearn is offered throughout the school year and online enrollment is available on our website.
Code Camp – Our inaugural summer course took place in August of 2019 at the Porter Pavilion classroom. Students learned how to explore functions and applications through code to operate the popular Altino Cars. Hawaii Technology Academy kindly lent these cars for the course. We plan to offer the same course one more time in February of 2020 for other students. Sean McHugh is the program instructor, with his wife Noelle assisting and administering. The cost is $50 (plus tax) per student for 5 sessions and the students get to show off what they learned to their parents and community members on the last day. Check back for details on future classes.
SAT Prep Course – The Foundation was delighted to bring the first SAT Prep course to the North Shore in September of 2019. Taught by KHS teacher turned college counselor, Mr. David Mireles, this important course can accommodate a maximum of 18 junior & high school students at a cost of $145 (plus tax), including materials. It is currently being scheduled twice a year at the Porter Pavilion classroom, in partnership with Anaina Hou Community Park. It takes place on Saturday mornings over a 6 week period. Scholarships are available thanks to the generosity of the Rotary Club of Hanalei Bay and the North Shore Lions Club. Online enrollment and scholarship details are on our website under the After School Programs tab.