Grant award keeps Kualapu’u School pre-kindergarten program open for 2014-2015 school year

| May 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

Kualapu'u Elementary School Principal Lydia Trinidad greets the families of the students at the pre-kindergarten when it was opened in the 2009-2010 school year.

Kualapu’u Elementary School Principal Lydia Trinidad greets the families of the students at the pre-kindergarten when it was opened in the 2009-2010 school year.

Ho’okāko’o Corporation News Release

Ho’okāko’o Corporation, Kualapu’u School’s local school board, received notification that its Hawaii State Legislative Grant-In-Aid (GIA) application was approved for funding. The school is awaiting final budget approval from the governor’s office.

This grant allows the school to keep its pre-kindergarten program open for the 2014-2015 school year, which is especially critical to meet the pre-school needs of students not able to enter kindergarten due to recent changes in the eligibility age. Kualapu’u School’s pre-kindergarten program is an accredited, free, public pre-kindergarten started in 2009-2010.

For 2014 fall pre-kindergarten enrollment, children must be born between Aug. 1, 2009 and July 31, 2010. The pre-kindergarten program is limited to 20 students. First priority will be to Kualapu’u School staff’s children, and siblings of children who attended Kualapu’u pre-kindergarten and continue to live in the Kualapu’u attendance areas. The next priority will be for children currently living in the school attendance. Students living out of the Kualapu’u attendance area may apply also, but will be put on a wait list.

Parents interested in enrolling their child must attend one of two parent/legal guardian meetings to be held at the school to receive more detailed information about the pre-kindergarten program.

Applications will be given to the parents/guardians who attend one of these two meetings. There are no exceptions to the parent/guardian meeting requirement. Parent meeting dates are Tuesday, June 3, and Wednesday, June 4. Both meetings are at 5-6 p.m. in the school cafeteria. If you have any questions, call Carmen Augustiro at Kualapu’u School, 567-6900.

Kualapu`u School wishes to especially thank Senator Kalani English and Representative Mele Carroll for supporting and making its application a priority through the competitive GIA process. In addition to the support of our legislators, the school received many letters of support from the Moloka’i Native Hawaiian Education Island Council, the Moloka’i Community Service Council, and from parents and educators. Over a period of three days, the school collected 507 signatures from supporters including former Kualapu’u School students. We truly appreciate the support for the Kualapu’u Pre-Kindergarten program.

About Ho‛okāko‛o

Ho`okāko`o Corporation, a non‐profit organization established in 2002, improves the educational outcomes for over 1,500 Native Hawaiian and disadvantaged children by empowering underserved communities through high quality public schools of choice. Ho‛okāko‛o operates three charter schools statewide in Hawaii including Kualapu`u Public Conversion Charter School on Molokai, Kamaile Academy in Waianae, Oahu, and Waimea Middle School on the Big Island of Hawaii.

About Kualapu`u School

Kualapu’u Public Conversion Charter School was founded in 1967 as a district public school and converted to a charter school in 2004. Kualapu`u is an innovative pre-kindergarten through sixth grade English-speaking and Hawaiian language immersion Elementary School for 350 students of which 92 percent are of Hawaiian ancestry and 84 percent are low income.

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