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Back to School

August 04, 2020

Schools, educators and parents face uncertainty and challenges during this Back to School season. The HIDOE Board of Education pushed back the start of public schools to August 17th to allow educators more time to prepare. While some schools are implementing full distance learning, some are hoping to do face-to-face instruction while others are offering blended learning, Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation (KHF) is here to support educators and parents through all of these changes. KHF has been working on tailoring our programs and improving our online resources so that teachers and families can participate in KHF programs remotely. Here’s how you can engage with KHF programs this fall:

KHF Project Grants are available to support educators that are integrating environmental and sustainability initiatives into their teaching, while KHF Field Trip Grants are available for schools that are finding innovative ways for their students to participate in learning in outdoor off-site locations. 

KHF's Plastic Free Hawaiʻi & 3Rs School Recycling program coordinators are available to provide face-to-face, distance or blended learning opportunities for teachers and students who are interested in waste reduction, plastic pollution and other issues around waste management, source reduction, and other environmental issues. Our 3Rs School Recycling Program will continue uninterrupted with Oʻahu DOE schools continuing to receive weekly recycling pickup. Aloha ʻĀina Recycling Drives are also a GO this fall! 

ʻĀINA In Schools Garden, Compost, and Nutrition Curriculum and Student Workbooks are available for download. Keep your eyes out for our newly created ʻĀINA Videos which we are busy creating to compliment the ʻĀINA In Schools curriculum. Additionally, O'ahu educators can register for this year’s ‘ĀINA In Schools Curriculum Training for Educators.