The Kauai North Shore Community Foundation is actively involved in improving the educational experience for our communities children. To that end, our Education Committee has created two new after-school programs: Leap Forward! and iLearn
The KNSCF Education Committee created Leap Forward!, a program to help prepare sixth-grade students for the challenges of middle school. The purpose of the program is to introduce abstract thinking and improve organizational, note-taking, and study skills. The program is fully funded by two $2,000 grants. The North Shore elementary schools administer the program following some basic guidelines and customize it according to their students’ needs.
Recently, our Leap Forward! Program was featured in The Garden Island News.
iLearn (formerly Help Me With My Homework) is designed around a study-hall environment. We began this program in October of 2018 intending to help our North Shore students get their homework help. We quickly realized that if the students had no homework, they did not come. So we talked to some middle schoolers and discovered that they’s really like more help with the subjects they have trouble with, not just homework. These same students helped us reframe and rename our program.
The program is starting anew on January 16, 2019 and will run throughout the school term. The after school sessions will be 90 minutes long, including a 30-minute activity period and a 60-minute study/tutoring period. This term, the sessions will be held at the Princeville Library. Katherine Bengston, Branch Manager, has generanously donated a space for our students. We are fortunate to have Noelle and Sean McHugh, experienced teachers, manning the classes and Noelle is also our Program Administrator. As enrollment numbers grow, we will invite volunteer high school students who excel in Math and ELA to help in the sessions.
iLearn is partially funded by KNSCF’s Education Committee, grants & private donations.