Two Maui County Middle Schools to Benefit from R.E.A.C.H. Programs
By Wendy Osher
Two Maui schools have been selected as participants in the state’s R.E.A.C.H. initiative for middle school students this year. Kalama Intermediate and Molokaʻi Middle School are among a list of 14 schools that received grant funding of up to $70,000.
The program, spearheaded by Leiutenant Governor Shan Tsutsui, was designed to ensure that public schools in grades 6 to 8 receive the academic and community-based support they need to stay on track toward high school graduation.
The program features activities outside of regular instructional hours, in the areas of academic enrichment, arts and culture, and athletics.
“The investment we make in the education of our youth, whether it’s during school or after-school will have insurmountable returns for our keiki’s future and our community,” said Tsutsui in a press release announcement. “If we are able to reach our middle and intermediate school students through engaging and enriching activities, especially during this critical time in their lives, the academic and social benefits will be exceptional.”
State officials say the selection of school was based on various criteria that included: strong student interest and/or participation for the after-school program and established relationships with key stakeholders.
Since the initiative was launched in 2013, 21 public schools, including the 14 participating this year, have benefited from the R.E.A.C.H. initiative.
Other schools identified for participation in the 2015-16 school year include: Jarrett Middle School; Kahuku High & Intermediate; Kalakaua Middle School; Kalanianaole Elementary and Intermediate School; Kapolei Middle School; Moanalua Middle School; Waiakea Intermediate School; Waialua High & Intermediate School; Waikoloa Middle School; Waimea Canyon Middle School; Waipahu Intermediate School; AND Washington Middle school.