Teacher candidates in the UH Mānoa College of Education’s (COE) Elementary Education Cohort 35, in partnership with the American Sāmoa (AS) Department of Education’s Territorial Teacher Training Program, are providing LBJ Tropical Medical Center personnel with food and beverages throughout the months of April and May. The cohort responded to the call for support raised by the medical center’s acting chief of staff, Dr. Akapusi Ledua, who posted a letter on social media on March 24, 2022 as AS faced another COVID emergency shutdown.
Mene Taua’a, who earned his MEd in Curriculum Studies from the COE, is a Cohort 35 Coordinator. He shared that Dr. Ledua’s request came just when the cohort was contemplating a community service project that would be meaningful and beneficial to the community.
“Using their own resources, the students have been donating cases of water, soft drinks, snacks, and more food items to the medical personnel who have been working around the clock to provide vital medical care for our community,” Taua’a said. “This community service offers particular relief to hospital workers who are on duty after hours when stores are closed.”
Community service is an important component of the COE, which requires its teacher candidates to be knowledgeable, effective, and caring about their students, families, and communities.
“Cohort 35 acknowledges the kind assistance and support of Director Dr. Kuulei Serna of the UH College of Education-Elementary Education, ASDOE Director Talauega Dr. Samasoni Asaeli, UH Cohort (TTTP) Project Managers Mrs. Laura Laolagi and Mrs. Ivy Yeung, and UH Coordinators Ron Turituri and Sarah Tuiolemotu,” Taua’a concluded.