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Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui Opens First Club-in-School in Kīhei

January 8, 2019, 12:48 PM HST
* Updated January 8, 2:57 PM
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Thanks to a 21st Century Community Learning Center grant from the State of Hawaiʻi Department of Education, Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui opened its first Club-in-School Clubhouse at Kīhei Elementary School today.

Program Director Kapono Naeole and Site Coordinator Rachelle Ouye are ready to welcome members to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui’s Kīhei Dolphins Club.

The BGCM Kīhei Dolphins Club is open to students in the third, fourth and fifth grades starting right after school, Monday through Friday, on school days. In addition to after school time, an all-day program will be provided throughout the summer as well.

This is the first Club-in-School for BGCM, which has six stand-alone clubhouses located throughout Maui, although the concept is a staple for Boys & Girls Clubs of America. This is also the first time BGCM has had a presence in the Kīhei area.

Programs offered include homework assistance, tutoring, STEM/STEAM-based activities, health and fitness programming and leadership development training. The programs will align with the school’s curriculum to provide a cohesive learning environment for the members.

This is the first year of a three-year grant-funded project. Beginning with the Summer 2019 session, a second Club-in-School will be established at Lokelani Intermediate School, which is located adjacent to Kīhei Elementary. Summer programs at both schools will last from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m.

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“We are very excited to be able to open a Club in Kīhei,” said Kelly Pearson, BGCM’s Chief Executive Officer. “We have a very strong leadership team for this project. Our Director of Operations Stephen Bennett, Director of Education Malik Bell, and Kīhei Dolphins Club Project Director Kapono Naeole will be working closely with Kīhei Elementary School’s Vice Principal Sue Forbes and Principal Halle Maxwell to create a great club environment for the students.”

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There is no cost to become a member of the BGCM Kīhei Dolphins Clubhouse and participate in all programs.

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