The College of Education Institute for Teacher Education’s (ITE) Project Kākoʻo held a second round of care package distribution for teacher candidates. On April 16, 2021, more than 100 boxes were given out to treat students and show the college’s appreciation. The boxes included a variety of food items, pandemic safety supplies, a Starbuck’s gift card, and other goodies.
After receiving support and donations from more than 100 individuals and several chapters of Alpha Delta Kappa (ADK)*, as well as the Pearl Harbor Rotary Club, for their pilot event in February, Project Kākoʻo was able to expand its outreach with another round of giveaways to more students. Phase two also included a raffle with a $25 Long’s gift card prize.
Dr. Kuʻulei Serna, Director of the ITE Elementary Education Program, expressed her gratitude for the support of Provost Michael Bruno and Dean Nathan Murata; for all of the faculty, candidates, and staff who came out to pack and distribute packages on both occasions; and for ADK and Pearl Harbor Rotary for their goods and monetary donations.
“I would also like to extend special recognition to Alohilani Okamura who solicited donations and volunteers from non-profit organizations, as well as picked up all the items with Mrs. Emerson of ADK,” Serna said. “She is passionate about the work she does to show our candidates aloha and care. Also, Kristen Ferrer of our ITE Elementary office was instrumental in helping with the organization of the drive, sending emails, handling RSVPs, securing rooms, and more.”
*Alpha Delta Kappa (ADK) is an international honorary organization of women educators dedicated to educational excellence, altruism and world understanding.