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Coca-Cola Donates to State’s After-School Initiative

January 8, 2016, 11:11 AM HST
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Coca-Cola REACH Check Presentation

Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui, and R.E.A.C.H. Out Hawaii Board Members Tom Apple, Lori Lum and Tyler Tokioka, received a $50,000 check from The Coca-Cola Company. Photo courtesy State of Hawai‘i.

Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui, and R.E.A.C.H. Out Hawaii Board Members Tom Apple, Lori Lum and Tyler Tokioka, received a $50,000 check from The Coca-Cola Company.

The money will go to R.E.A.C.H. Out Hawaii, a nonprofit corporation that provides support for intermediate and middle school programs in Lt. Gov. Tsutsui’s Resources for Enrichment, Athletics, Culture and Health initiative.

“Thanks to Coca-Cola Hawaii’s charitable support, more of Hawai‘i’s intermediate and middle school students will be able to participate in the R.E.A.C.H. initiative,” said Lt. Gov. Tsutsui. “Because of Coca-Cola’s generous donation, after-school learning programs for our keiki will be expanded.”

More than 3,000 middle and intermediate public school students at 14 schools across the state are part of the after-school program this year. Studies have shown that after-school programs keep students safe and engaged in learning, and also help improve their academic performance, school attendance, behavior and health.

“Our company understands that the middle school years are a critical time in a child’s life,”said Joyce Sahara-Nagashima, Coca-Cola Hawaii Plant Manager. “And we’d like to do our part in providing resources like R.E.A.C.H. to students, with the hope that it will help them to lead successful lives.”

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“We are extremely grateful that Coca-Cola has recognized the significant impact this initiative is making on Hawai‘i’s youth,” said Lori Ann Lum, R.E.A.C.H. Out Hawaii Board of Director. “Our students deserve quality after-school programs that enhance and engage them in learning.”

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Twenty-one schools thus far have benefited from R.E.A.C.H. since it was launched in 2014.

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