Community & international projects 2014-2015

Books 4 Kids & Keiki Vision screening @ Likelike Elementary School

May 29, 2015

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Rotary Club of Waikiki donated over 400 Books to ALL students at Likelike Elementary School, just in time for Summer reading. We also Vision screened more than 120 kids, 86 students failed! Thank you to our many volunteers and Mahalo to member Richard Fikane who donated over 500 plush toys for all students. It was a great day at Likelike Elementary School!!! And a better day for Waikiki Rotarians who exemplifies Service above Self.

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Check out the link below to view a short video of our event: https://animoto.com/play/smePMImVojK0yL6OEhFYSw

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Keiki Vision & books @ Kuhio Elementary

May 26, 2015

Outstanding Waikiki Rotarians vision screened students at Kuhio Elementary school today. And for those students who came to have their eyes checked also received a book for their home library. The school library received a complete set of the America Britannica and My First Britannica set.

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Keiki Vision @ Lanakila Elementary School and Britannica Books to Library

May 18, 2015

  1. Distance vision (for seeing the chalkboard)
  2. Near vision (for reading and writing)
  3. Far-sighted screening (to test for far-sightedness, which can effect reading)
  4. Binocular Vision (to make sure both eyes are working together)
  5. External Observation

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The results were amazing: 52% of the students had vision difficulties. Notices will be sent home to the parents for further evaluation by their personal doctors. However, this year in August a team from "Vision to Learn" will follow up and evaluate those students that failed their screenings today and if glasses are required, Vision to Learn will provide them free of charge to these students. A special Thank you to our fabulous volunteers for their Service above Self.

My First Britannica (Set of 13 Books) and Britannica: Discover America (Set of 50 Books) were donated to Lanakila Elementary School library.

Rotary Reads at Waikiki Elementary "K"

May 6, 2015

Waikiki Rotarians and Family participated in our last reading to "K" students at Waikiki Elementary for this school year. Thank you to all of our volunteers for sharing their wonderful stories to our Waikiki Elementary students. See you all in the fall.

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Waikiki Rotary supports Boys and Girls club

May 6, 2015

Donation of new books for summer reading program POC: Anthony Poponi

 

Rotarians at Work-Water Station

April 25, 2015

Waikiki Rotarians & LaPietra Interact students arrived bright & early on Saturday morning to set up a water station for thousands of "March for Babies" walkers. Thank you Waikiki Rotary for your dedication! Mahalo to Menehuni water for their generous donation of the Huge bottles of water and coolers. Congratulations to the March of Dimes Volunteers and Staff for making this a record breaking event raising over $800,000 to help babies in Hawaii to stay healthy.

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Rotary Reads to Homeless Children in Kakaako

April 17, 2015

Chris Haas (son of Waikiki member Laura Haas) and a group of his friends visited the homeless camps in Kakaako and read to the kids. They all had a great time listening to stories and it was a good deed of Chris & Friends to experience.

Waikiki Rotary recognizes Wounded Warriors

April 1, 2015

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Past President Dave Livingston shared an inspiration with the Club. He introduced the Five Marine Wounded Warriors who were visiting our Club and thanked them for their service. PP Dave told us that the last Girl Scout cookies were on the back table. One of our guests bought all of the cookies and donated them to the Wounded Warriors. Past President Carol Riley welcomed the group of Marines from the Wounded Warrior project. They are Sean Dollison, Diego Olivieri, Chris Ansley, Yalmar Guzman, Greg Williams and Steve Jensen stationed at the Kanehoe Marine Corps Base. They all received a standing ovation as we Thanked them for their Service.

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA)

April 1, 2015

Waikiki Rotary donated $5,000.00 to RYLA!

Chair & PP David Livingston reported that our club donated $2,000.00 from club funds and from ryla_smindividual members contributed another $3,000.00. Chair Dave said he does not want to say “No” to any students who wants to attend the Oahu RYLA this weekend, held at Camp Erdman. Dave is expecting over 80 students to attend and district leaders to assist with this wonderful learning experience for our young adults. Waikiki Rotary also donated over 100 New hard covered books to the young adults who attended camp this year.

WHAT IS RYLA?

RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) is an intensive coed leadership training and development program. It is designed for 10th & 11th grade students from all Hawaii public and private high schools. It begins late afternoon on Friday and ends Sunday after lunch. It is sponsored by the Rotary Clubs on each island. Each camp is held at a camp site that is listed on the chart below. Students will be transported to and from the camp by bus.

WHAT DO YOU DO AT CAMP?

RYLA campers will experience a broad range of activities to encourage you to think about leadership principles and how you can apply them in your life. Adult Rotary Club facilitators and student Assistant Facilitators will take you through a variety of experiences. They include interactive games, physical activities and guided discussions on leadership topics that you can relate to. The program will empower and challenge you to be proactive in your school and community.

Rotary Reads to Waikiki Elementary

April 1, 2015

We are dedicated to reading award-winning books and sharing beautiful stories with the children at Waikiki Elementary School "K" classes every month. By sharing our love of books to our young audience, we hope to instill a lifelong love of books. We want their young minds to explore the adventures, hopes and lessons of the stories we share. Our goal is to create memories that will last a lifetime. Books are the heart of Rotary Reads and Keiki books. Read everyday to your children.

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The 5Th Annual Family Literacy Night at Waikiki Community Center-Preschool

March 27, 2014

Family Literacy Night at Waikiki Community Center Preschool-Overwhelming SUCCESS!!!! The evening began with a light fruit snack for the students and parents. Chair Gale Warshawsky sang songs with the children in English and in Hawaiian and read the children’s favorite book “Don't Let the Pigeon Ride the Bus”.At story time, volunteers Carol Riley, Nora Chen and Karen Smith took a group of children with their parents and read 2 stories to each group. Keiki Books were provided for each student. The students were able to select a book of their choice to take home and enjoy with their parents reading to them. For children not present, their teachers took books to give to them the following week.

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HRYF Interviews and Scholarships

March 26, 2015

PP Bob Tellander reported that PP Carol Riley, Denny Meyer and himself interviewed students for the HRFY scholarship this year. He was happy to report that our candidate received a $5,000.00 scholarship and she also won a $42,500 scholarship to American University!

Rotary Readers at Waikiki Elementary School and Books for Kids

March 4, 2015

Waikiki Rotarians Anthony Poponi, Carol Riley, Bob Tellender and Karen Smith entertained the Kindergarten students with their Magic of Reading. Taking the students on a Journey of make believe and learning lifelong lessons too! After the reading the students chose a book from the back tables for them to take home and enjoy! Thank you Waikiki Rotary you are the BEST!!!!!

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International Exchange Student Program

March 4, 2015

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Exchange Student Program with Hitachi South Rotary Club. Charene Parker who is our 2015 exchange student came back from Japan with Japanese student on March 1st. Hanano Koizumi will stay in Hawaii until April 1st. She studies at Waipahu High School

March is Literacy Month - a recap of our efforts

Word of the Month- Literacy...lidərəsē,ˈlitrəsē/, noun:

  1. the ability to read and write"Obviously, every child should be given the best possible opportunity to acquire literacy skills." …Hugh Mackay
  1. knowledge in a particular area"To succeed, you will soon learn, as I did, the importance of a solid foundation in the basics of education - literacy, both verbal and numerical, and communication skills."…Alan Greenspan

March is Literacy Month, a time when Rotary Clubs focus on literacy as an essential ingredient for reducing poverty, improving health, encouraging community and economic development, and promoting peace. For most of us, reading and writing are as natural as breathing. However, nearly 800 million adults worldwide lack the literacy skills needed to complete a job application, understand a child’s report card, or read a prescription. In many countries, illiteracy rates are as high as 80%. Many adults live in poverty today because they haven’t mastered these skills and many children are currently at risk of falling into the same trap. Illiteracy is one of the world’s most complicated problems! Please support literacy in your community!

We started the New Rotary year with a travel scholarship for a Hawaii Exchange student to Taiwan.

On August 2, School Supply Drive for students in need at local schools and homeless shelters. At the end of the six hours our team of volunteers collected new composition books, colored pencils, crayons, three-ring binders, folder paper and so much more to give to students from struggling families. Generous families also donated over $350 in cash, which will be used to purchase backpacks and other supplies that are needed. We were able to provide (13) schools and homeless shelters for students in need of school supplies.

We celebrated International Literacy day at Waikiki Rotary by speaking to our members on the importance of reading and encouraged reading to our kapuna, children and grandchildren, books were provided to or members and guests to take home and share a book and read to a loved one.

The Rotary Club of Waikiki received over 3000 Books from a Book Grants from FIRST BOOK, FIRST BOOK is a 501c(3) non profit that provides new books to children in need, addressing one of the most important factors affecting literacy and the access to books.

Waikiki Rotarians and Friends distributed to children in Title 1 schools for students to take home as their personal property. At every distribution the students were able to browse a large selection of age appropriate books and select the books they wanted to keep and take home to read at their leisure. We hope this will be the start of their lifelong reading habit. This is a great opportunity to serve our children in our community by providing the wonderful gift of reading. Books were given all students at Puuhale Elementary, Kuhio Elementary, Central Middle School, Kapalama Elementary, Waikiki Elementary, Waikiki Community Center Preschool, Maunawili Head start and Kailua Headstart School, Kakaako Homeless Shelter, Angel Tree Gifts and Books at Kakaako shelter, The Boys and Girls Club, Salvation Army Toys and Books to the Marine’s Corps Toys for Tots, Tripler Army Medical Hospital Books for Newborns. Books to adult homeless shelter a part of the Waikiki Community Health Center on Waialae Avenue.

Our next major project was the Hawaii Rotary Dictionary Project. Our club members provided and presented dictionaries to 576 third grade students in (8) public and private schools. Our club members emphasized the importance of using a dictionary to make sure that words are spelled correctly. The program is an opportunity for children to expand their vocabulary and for many to actually own a dictionary. A strong vocabulary is an essential tool for gaining knowledge. A dictionary is perhaps the most powerful reference tool that a child should own. Its usefulness goes beyond the spellings, pronunciations, and definitions it lists; it is a companion for solving problems that arise as a child develops his or her reading, writing, and creative thinking abilities.

We provided over $500.00 in Books and Snacks to the Waikiki Elementary School Library.

We had our Annual Garage sale in February 2015, all proceeds were donated to Waikiki Elementary School.

Monthly, Waikiki Rotarians Reads to Kindergarten students at Waikiki Elementary School and every other month we provide books for the students to take home for them to read to their parents or for their parents to read to them.

Monthly Waikiki Rotarian Gale Warshawsky reads and sings to the students at Waikiki Community Center Preschool, Mauanawili and Kailua Head Start Schools.

At our weekly meetings we have our featured Speaker sign a book which is than donated to an elementary school library.

The Rotary Club of Waikiki Supported a Hawaii Exchange student to go to Japan for 1 month

We have scheduled a Keiki Vision Screening at Kuhio Elementary school for May 26, 2015

Throughout the year we had many speakers on the subject of Education and Literacy

Reading and writing, like everything else, improve with practice. And, of course, if there are no young readers and writers, there will be shortly be no older ones. Literacy will be dead, and democracy - which many believe goes hand in hand with it - will be dead as well.

Waikiki Garage Sale at Waikiki Elementary School

February 28, 2015

We had another successful Garage sale at the Waikiki Elementary School, organized by our Community Chair, Stephan Morgan A large turnout of Rotarians, Family and Friends volunteered their time in setting up on Friday night and arrived early on Saturday morning to help with sales. Over $1000.00 was sold and another couple of hundred was collected during our Happy Dollars on Wednesday at Rotary. Thank you to everyone who contributed in auction items, your valuable time and your selling expertise. All proceeds will be given to Waikiki Elementary School. Item not sold were donated to an area church, a local Homeless Shelter and to Goodwill Industries. Mahalo Mahalo Mahalo!!!!

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Rotary Readers at Waikiki Elementary School

February 4, 2015

Waikiki Rotary Readers read to the Kindergarten students at Waikiki Elementary School monthly while the school is in session.

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15 Great Quotes for Kids About The Importance of Reading by Michael Stutman

Reading is Fundamental. In fact, it is one of the most important ingredients to becoming all that you can be.

Reading develops your brain, provides a window into the world around you and helps you do better in all school subjects.

Most importantly, reading can not only help you become a better student, but a better person. You can learn from the brightest people whenever and wherever you choose.

As important as reading is that:e

  • 800 million people around the world cannot read or write
  • Many families (and some schools) have no books for children to read

There are likely many children and people in your town or city that fall into this group. If you are already a strong reader, helping others to read is an amazing gift that you can give and there are some ideas below as to how you can help.

First, here are some inspiring quotations that bring to life the power of reading and how it can make you a better person:

  1. “Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” — Frederick Douglass
  2. “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.”— Dr. Seuss, “I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!”
  3. “I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.” – Groucho Marx
  4. “There are many little ways to enlarge your world. Love of books is the best of all.” - Jacqueline Kennedy
  5. “Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.” – Margaret Fuller
  6. “There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.” — Walt Disney
  7. “There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.” – Ray Bradbury
  8. “Reading without reflecting is like eating without digesting.” – Edmund Burke
  9. “The reading of all good books is like conversation with the finest (people) of the past centuries.” – Descartes
  10. “Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.” – Richard Steele”
  11. So please, oh PLEASE, we beg, we pray, Go throw your TV set away, And in its place you can install, A lovely bookshelf on the wall.” — Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  12. “Reading is a discount ticket to everywhere.” - Mary Schmich
  13. “Books are a uniquely portable magic.” – Stephen King
  14. “No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting. — Lady Montagu
  15. “To learn to read is to light a fire” — Victor Hugo, Les Miserables

Here is great video on the importance of reading from Book People Unite, with some folks you are sure to know!

Kids can change the world. All they need is a little inspiration!

 

International Service-Exchange Student from Waipahu High School to Japan

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The Rotary Club of Waikiki will be sponsoring an Exchange student to Japan

Rotarian member Ikko Tomita introduced our exchange-student-elect Charene Quillan and her Japan studies teacher Will Smith from Waipahu High School.

Good Luck Charene!

Care-A-Van, part of the Waikiki Health center located at Waialae Avenue Rotarians at Work Day

January 9-10, 2015

The Rotary Club of Waikiki, Led by our Community Service Chair Stephen Morgan, accomplished the first Community Service project of the year by refurbishing the entry way to the Waikiki Health Center!. Stephen Morgan started the project by painting on Friday. And Rotarians joined hands on Saturday to do the final touches to the grounds with a new beautiful rock garden full of herbs, flowers and vegetables, trimmed trees, hung bamboo fencing and provided and assembled an outside table, chairs and umbrella. Thank you Rotarians Phil Sammer, Ikko Tomita, Bill Amigone, Dave & Pam Livingston, Kathy Higa, Roy King, and Community Service Chair Stephen Morgan and Rotarian Michael Edward from the RC of Lamorinda Sunrise, CA

Check out the video of the work that was done... https://animoto.com/play/lTynn8AW05APNjxFWy0low

Rotary Club of Waikiki-Care-A-Van Service Project

The Month of December 2014 was a very month for SERVICE to our Community...

Check out our Video https://animoto.com/play/R1KOd9uoFi3G4aKg4aWLYQ

Rotary Club of Waikiki- Projects of Service above Self December 2014

 

Books for Kids Kapalama School POC: Gloria King

December 19, 2014

The Rotary Club of Waikiki distributed over 650 books to the students at Kapalama Elementary School on Friday December 19. Putting books in the hands of kids who really them is the goal of the Rotary Club of Waikiki. Our volunteers unpacked and sorted out over 1000 books for the students to select the perfect book that they wanted to take home with them before the holiday break. Most of these students do not have any books at home. The Rotary Club of Waikiki believes very strongly that literacy and reading is one of the most important elements in a child's growth and instilling the love of reading at a young age will make more kids better readers and increase test scores and their outlook will be more successful. We would like to thank First Book for their generous support of providing these books at a reasonable cost to us so we can deliver to those kids that are in need in Hawaii. Mahalo.

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Giving Books Where the Need is Greatest

Books are much more than just collections of words and pictures. The gift of a book offers insight, experience, knowledge, escape, entertainment, and so much more. When we donate a Book, we aren't just giving the gift of reading we’re helping a child succeed in school and in life, increasing the odds that they will break out of poverty. It’s Awesome to provide a book to a child in need.

Reading and Books at the Boys and Girls Club POC: Anthony Poponi

December 18, 2014

A message from the Boys and Girls Club of Hawaii

Dear Waikiki Rotary, Thank you for Supporting our Keiki! And Thank you for making this amazing book donation of brand new books possible for our youth! The Kids really enjoyed the holiday stories your volunteers, Karen, Mary, Doug, Sheila, Anthony, Roy and Gloria also shared with our kids!! We can't wait to give out the rest of the books to those who couldn't make it to our Holiday Party. Mahalo for your Partnership. Natalie Pawluk, unit director Charles C. Spalding Clubhouse. Boys and Girls Club of Hawaii.

The Rotary Club of Waikiki donated more than 100 books for kids in need of great books to take home and enjoy.

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Toys and Books for Tots POC: Stephen Morgan

December 17, 2014

Rotarians joined together for our last meeting of the year 2014. Lots of Fun and Good Cheer and Generosity in support of the Annual Toys (and Books) for Tots drive by the Marine Corps. Nearly 400 toys and books were donated to Toys for Tots this year! Just Amazing!!! Thank you Waikiki Rotarians!!!

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December 12, 2014

Gifts of toys and books were given to the children at First Step's Kakaako Homeless shelter on Friday December 12, 2015. Rotarian and HPD officer Richard Fikane aka Santa Clause delivered the gifts of toys and books by police car to add to the festivities.

Books for Newborns- Tripler Hospital

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Over 100 children's books were delivered to Tripler Hospital this quarter to encourage parents to read to their babies and develop the bond between baby and parents. All newborns babies born at Tripler will receive a book as a gift from the Rotary Club of Waikiki. Books were delivered by Rotarian Richard Fikane. POC: Gloria King

Books for Newborns, encourages parents to read aloud to their babies, promoting the importance of reading and increased the awareness of children’s literacy issues. Studies have shown that a baby who is read to has a head start in life, with an earlier understanding of language and sounds.

“Family Literacy is not only being able to read. It emphasizes the bond between parent and child. Reading strengthens vocabulary, increases imagination and builds a greater love for reading.” --- Barbara Bush

The message below is included with each book for the parents.

CONGRATULATIONS on the birth of your baby! You have given your child the gift of Life; now give him or her another precious gift – The Love of Reading. It has been proven that the sooner and more often a child is read to, the better reader he or she will later become. A child’s reading ability will determine his or her success in school and lifetime work. Please let your baby feel the security of your arms and hear the rhythm of your words as you cuddle and introduce your baby to the wonderful world of books. Just as you will provide a proper diet for your child’s physical growth, you will want to provide an on-going supply of good books for your child’s mental growth. Best wishes!

A gift of Love, The Rotary Club of Waikiki, Honolulu, Hawaii USA

Reading, singing songs and the gifts of books - Waikiki Community Center preschool

December 10, 2014

Rotarian Gale Warshawsky sang some of the preschool Keiki their favorite songs and read some books. Then each student got to select a book to take home with them as our gift from the Rotary Club of Waikiki. Pictures shown below are 2, 3 and 4 year old Keiki.

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Rotary Readers -Waikiki Elementary School

December 3, 2014

Waikiki Rotarians read-a-loud wonderful and exciting stories to the Kindergarten students at Waikiki Elementary School. The students and teacher sat in awe as our dynamic team of volunteers entertained their young minds, taking them to lands that only their imagination can take them. Thank you to our Rotary Readers Doug & Sheila Seifers, Anthony Poponi, Karen Smith, Laura Haas, and Bob Tellender!!!

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A message from Waikiki Elementary School

Dear Waikiki Rotarians, What a perfect gift to send home with our student for winter break reading! Thank you so much for enriching our children with the JOY OF READING! You are our blessings! With grateful hearts, = ) Dolly Bahn and Waikiki Elementary School and students.

Rotary Reads and Sings Monthly program led by Gale Warshawsky and Books for Kids

December 3, 2014

Gale TURotarian Gale Warshawsky read a total of 5 books today at Maunawili Head Start preschool. and gave new children's books to all the children (the children were able to select their own special book, a gift from Waikiki Rotary.A teacher wrote the child's name in the book. And then the students were told to put their book into their cubby to take home later.

Gale ended her time today with singing several of their favorite songs. Gale also reads and sings to the students at Waikiki Com Ctr preschool, her next visit will be on Wed Dec 10. Gale will have another reading and singing at Kailua Head Start preschool on Dec 17. Gale is a dedicated Rotarian, Thank you Gale!

Rotary Sings is a program Gale Warshawsky “Auntie Gale” created to teach preschool students how to sing songs in English and in Hawaiian as a way to integrate music and Hawaiian studies into the Language Arts Curriculum for young learners. In addition to singing with the students, Auntie Gale also reads to the students using the Directed Reading Thinking Aloud (DRTA) Strategy, which helps students to develop their critical and creative thinking skills. The Rotary Club of Waikiki participates in Rotary Sings in 3 preschools we support: Maunawili Head Start Classroom, Kailua Head Start Classroom, and Waikiki Community Center Preschool. Each December our club gives a new book to all the students in these 3 preschools. A selection of books is displayed, and teachers call on each student to take a turn to select a book of his or her choice to take home with them. This helps to build the students’ home library.

 

Rotary Gives Thanks - The Hawaii Food Bank

November 26, 2014

Hawaiian-food bank MahaloWaikiki Rotarians donated Non-Perishable food items and cash to the Hawaii Food Bank for those that are in need this holiday season.

Mahalo Waikiki Rotarians!!! Community Service Chair: Stephen Morgan

For more information and ways to help: http://www.hawaiifoodbank.org/Home.aspx

The Mission of the Hawaii Food Bank: "The people of Hawaii are one ohana. The Hawaii Foodbank provides food so that no one in our family goes hungry. We work to gather food and support from our communities. We then distribute food through charitable agencies to those in need. Our mission is from the heart, and we will fulfill our mission with integrity, humanity and aloha."

Foster Kids-Annual Holiday Party Partnership

November 26, 2014

Contributions were made by Waikiki Rotarians to help fund gift cards for some of the Foster Kids from the Family Programs Hawaii. Waikiki Rotarian Glenn Perry spear headed this worthwhile project. Thank you Glenn! Over $240.00 was raised!!! Thank you Rotary!!

Family-Shot1-300x214On Sunday, December 7, 2014, The Annual Holiday Party will host over 2,500 foster children and their families.

Bright eyes, big smiles, peals of laughter spill out of joyful hand-painted faces.

The party hums with a myriad of activities, music, dancing and holiday songs that fill the room, while families feast on a sumptuous festive meal…and each child receives a personalized gift from Santa!

For more information Contact: Family Programs Hawaii http://familyprogramshawaii.org/

Books and Snacks to Waikiki Elementary School Library

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The Rotary Club of Waikiki donated over 100 new books to Waikiki Elementary School Library along with some snacks. President Chad announced in the school cafeteria today that we are giving theses books to the school library so all students can benefit by borrowing and reading books at home. Our goal is to Nourish the students minds through books and strengthening our children by providing snacks for children in need of a snack during the school day.

Did you know studies have shown that Over 10.5 million children in the U.S. who qualify for free and reduced priced breakfast at school actually go without it. Over 16,600,000 children are coming into classrooms hungry, making it difficult for them to concentrate, behave, and perform academically. Teachers and principals spend a combined average of $800 a year, of their own money, on food for their children who are in need.

President Chad presented these books and snacks to Librarian Rayna on behalf of the members of the Rotary Club of Waikiki. Shown here is President Chad, Karen Smith, PDG Roy King, Laura Haas, Anthony Poponi and Librarian Rayna.

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Waikiki Rotary Readers at Waikiki Elementary School

November 5, 2014

IMG_1224The Rotary Club of Waikiki’s "Rotary Readers" (A Read-Aloud program to children) read to the kindergarten students today at Waikiki Elementary school. Our volunteers were President Chad Adams, Bob Tellender, Karen Smith and Anthony Poponi, Chair Laura Hass. The students and teachers always look forward to our Rotary Readers coming into their classrooms to read such wonderful stories.

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Reading aloud is widely recognized as the single most important activity leading to literacy acquisition. Among other things, reading aloud builds word-sound awareness in children, a potent predictor of reading success.

 

Books for Kids Central Middle School Honolulu

October 21, 2014

IMG_1167This is a great opportunity to serve our children in our community by providing the wonderful gift of reading.

On October 21, 2014, members of the Rotary Club of Waikiki (Susan Hughes, Karen Smith, Carol Riley, Nora Chen, Shu Fen and Gloria King) delivered and distributed books to Central Middle School. The students were most grateful and excited to receive their very own book from The Rotary Club of Waikiki and FirstBook.

The Students got a chance to browse books by different authors, including books from Rick Riorden, Ally Carter, Cinda Williams Chima, Eoin Coifer, Christopher Paolin and many more. Everyone had a wonderful time browsing through the books and picking up a book for their very own collection. We hope this will be the start of their lifelong reading habit.

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International Welcome Party

October 17, 2014

Over 100 guests from 7 sister clubs from Japan attended our Welcome Party at Roy & Gloria's Home on Friday, October 17. A feast was prepared with an assortment of delicacies from land and sea, desserts and of course Mai Tai's, Wine, Beer, Sake and soft beverages.

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Dictionary Project @ Kapalama Elementary School

October 16, 2014

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERARotarians (Nora, Shu-Fen, Carol and Karen) from the Rotary Club of Waikiki distributed Dictionaries to all third grade students at Kapalama Elementary School. Below is a letter from a teacher..

Dear Rotary Club of Waikiki, I wanted to personally thank you for the wonderful dictionaries. I am thrilled that you provided provided each of my students with their own dictionary. Spelling and vocabulary are two of our central focuses this year. These dictionaries will provide students with the extra support while working with challenging words. The students are so appreciative of your gift as well. They are ecstatic to have a dictionary to call their own. Thank you again for your generous donation.

Dictionary Project @ Likelike Elementary School

October 14, 2014

LikeLike DPRotarians from the Rotary Club of Waikiki distributed Dictionaries to all third grade students at Likelike Elementary School. A short lesson was given on the importance of using a dictionary and how to use a dictionary. A brief overview was also given on what can be found in this wonderful book. A Thank you note from a student...

Dear Rotary Club of Waikiki, thank you for the dictionary! I'm really enjoying spending my free time looking up words and learning what a word means! I can also do my homework on what a word on my list means!! I like knowing what something means because I feel smart. Sincerely, Joshua

Dictionary Project @ Lanakila Elementary School

October 2, 2014

Waikiki Rotarians Nora Chen, Karen Smith, Ron Sauder and friend Shu Fen presented dictionaries to all third grade students at Lanakila Elementary School on October 2, 2014. Everyone was so happy to receive their very own dictionary to take home and to use in their studies at school and at home. Rotarians give a short tutorial emphasizing the importance of using a dictionary and review the contents. Did you know Pluto is no longer a planet? Did you know that a Google is a search engine, but that in mathematics a google is a number followed by 100 zeros? There is so much to learn in this dictionary! Thank you Rotary Club of Waikiki for this awesome dictionary!

The Dictionary Project is an opportunity for children to expand their vocabulary and for many to actually own a dictionary. A strong vocabulary is an essential tool for gaining knowledge. The limits of an individual's language are the limits of his world. A large vocabulary does not guarantee success but a small vocabulary limits the use that a person can make of his or her natural abilities. Low vocabulary decreases the effectiveness of inborn gifts in any civilization.

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Waikiki Rotary readers at Waikiki Elementary School

October 1, 2014

Waikiki Rotarians read to the kindergarten classes at Waikiki Elementary school on October 1, 2014.

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Reading aloud helps children acquire early language skills.

  • Reading aloud is widely recognized as the single most important activity leading to literacy acquisition. Among other things, reading aloud builds word-sound awareness in children, a potent predictor of reading success.
  • "Children who fall seriously behind in the growth of critical early reading skills have fewer opportunities to practice reading. Evidence suggests that these lost practice opportunities make it extremely difficult for children who remain poor readers during the first three years of elementary school to ever acquire average levels of reading fluency." Torgeson, J. Avoiding the Devasting Downward Spiral, American Educator. (2004)
  • Reading aloud to young children is not only one of the best activities to stimulate language and cognitive skills; it also builds motivation, curiosity, and memory. Bardige, B. Talk to Me, Baby!(2009), Paul H Brookes Pub Co.
  • Reading aloud stimulates language development even before a child can talk. Bardige, B. Talk to Me, Baby!(2009), Paul H Brookes Pub Co.
  • Research shows that the more words parents use when speaking to an 8-month-old infant, the greater the size of their child's vocabulary at age 3. The landmark Hart-Risley study on language development documented that children from low-income families hear as many as 30 million fewer words than their more affluent peers before the age of 4. Hart, B. Risley, T. Meaningful Differences in the Everyday Experiences of Young American Children (1995), Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co.

Reading aloud helps children develop positive associations with books and reading.

  • The nurturing and one-on-one attention from parents during reading aloud encourages children to form a positive association with books and reading later in life.
  • Reading aloud is a proven technique to help children cope during times of stress or tragedy.

Reading aloud helps children build a stronger foundation for school success.

  • "What happens during the first months and years of life matters, a lot, not because this period of development provides an indelible blueprint for adult well-being, but because it sets either a sturdy or fragile stage for what follows." J.S. Shonkoff & D. Phillips, Eds., From Neurons to Neighborhoods: The Science of Early Childhood Development (2000), Washington D.C.; National Research Council & The Institute of Medicine, National Academy Press.
  • Once children start school, difficulty with reading contributes to school failure, which can increase the risk of absenteeism, leaving school, juvenile delinquency, substance abuse, and teenage pregnancy - all of which can perpetuate the cycles of poverty and dependency.
  • Reading aloud in the early years exposes children to story and print knowledge as well as rare words and ideas not often found in day-to-day conversations or screen time.
  • Reading aloud gives children the opportunity to practice listening - a crucial skill for kindergarten and beyond.

 

Dictionary Project @ Kalihi Kai Elementary School

September 29, 2014

Rotarians and Friends were present to present 135 dictionaries to third grade students and their teachers at Kalihi Kai Elementary School. The goal of this program is to assist all students in becoming good writers, active readers, creative thinkers, and resourceful learners by providing them with their own personal dictionary. The dictionaries are a gift to each student to use at school and at home for years to come. Educators see third grade as the dividing line between learning to read and reading to learn, so we encourage our Rotarians to give dictionaries each year to children in the third grade. Chair: Nora Chen

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Thank you to our volunteers: PP Carol Riley, Karen Smith, Ron Sauder, Nora Chen, Angie, Susan, Ikko Tomita and Gloria King

Books for Kids @ Kuhio Elementary School

September 26, 2014

IMG_1116 Over 300 books were donated to the students at Kuhio Elementary School and Kuhio Head Start. Thank you to our volunteers : PDG Roy King, PDG Phil Sammer, Karen Smith, Ikko Tomita, Patty Look, Nora Chen and PP Gloria King for setting up the books in the school library. They also helped the students with selecting the perfect book of their very own to take home and enjoy. The principal was very grateful for the wonderful new books for her students and looks forward to our future projects at Kuhio Elementary. 77% of the students at Kuhio Elementary School are on a discounted or free lunch program.

We are so pleased to help as we believe putting new books in the hands of the children who need them most. Most of these children have no age-appropriate books at home, and the classrooms and programs they attend are woefully under-resourced. The Rotary Club of Waikiki appreciates our partnership with First Book. POC: Gloria King

Books for Kids for ALL students and Dictionaries to 3rd grade students @Waikiki Elementary School 8AM-11AM

September 23, 2014

The Rotary Club of Waikiki gave every student at Waikiki Elementary their very own book to take home and to read and enjoy and to share with their family.Learning to read is critical to a child’s success – both in school and in life. Literacy is one of the best predictors of a child’s future success. But a child without access to books won’t have the chance to become an engaged and capable reader. The Rotary Club of Waikiki is a strong supporter of Literacy in our community.

Check out this video: http://animoto.com/play/AfZjpJbWkJeBjZ1dZnrWBg

A Message from Waikiki Elementary...Aloha To Our Most Bestest (that's better than best) Rotarian Partners,

A great big MAHALO to all of you for helping out with the FANTASTIC BOOKS/DICTIONARIES giveaway! How awesome was that!
We had 515 HAPPY STUDENTS on campus yesterday. Our third graders were so excited when they got back to class with their books
as well as their dictionaries. Some of the comments from the students were that they never knew that a dictionary could be "so much fun!" How's That! Truly Amazing!

We are so thankful for each and every one of you that came out to help.

We are ever so blessed for our partnership with the Rotary Club of Waikiki! You guys are FABULOUS to work with!

Again, on behalf of Principal, Bonnie Tabor, our Awesome Teachers & Staff, Grateful Students and me....BIG HUGS TO ALL OF YOU! Dolly Bahn

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Books for Kids and Dictionary Project at Puuhale Elementary School

September 11, 2014

Over 500 books were given to the students at Puuhale Elementary School today. The students from PK to 5th grade selected (2) two books of their very own to take home and read, to be read to or to share with their siblings. A great day to share the gift of Reading. Waikiki Rotarians on hand to set up and assist the students were: PP Carol Riley, Andy Riley, Community Service Director Stephen Morgan, PDG Roy King, Kaori Kaji, Nora Chen, Ikko Tomita, new member HPD officer Ricahrd Fikani and literacy chair Gloria King. Books were made possible by a grant received from First Book. The First Book's Impact...“First Book is focused on impact: we leverage the work of heroic teachers, give volunteers the tools they need, and help raise reading scores. Recently, a principal reported that First Book allowed her teachers and volunteers to elevate quality, create a culture or reading, and increase Academic Performance Index scores by 107 points. This is the change we are delivering.” Kyle Zimmer, President, First Book

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Putting new books in the hands of the children who need them most

Forty-two percent of children in the United States — more than 30 million — live in low-income households. Most of these children have no age-appropriate books at home, and the classrooms and programs they attend are woefully under-resourced. Approximately two-thirds of these schools and programs cannot afford to buy books at retail prices.

Outcomes for children

A 14-month longitudinal study of 2,564 students by First Book found that books ...

  • Improves interest in reading. Students demonstrating a 'high interest' in reading nearly tripled after receiving books from First Book.
  • Increases children's desire to learn. 69% of program administrators found books from First Book were "very important" in children’s decisions to read more and improve their reading skills.
  • Increases reading at home. More than 70% of children reported increased home literacy activities after receiving books from First Book.

Outcomes for schools and programs
A survey of 1,800 members of the First Book network of schools and programs found that First Book:

  • Increases educational opportunities. 99.1% said new books from First Book would allow them to increase educational opportunities or activities, including parent involvement.
  • Increases volunteer engagement. 96.5% of those using volunteers said their current volunteers would be more engaged if given the opportunity to distribute First Book resources.

"Dear Waikiki Rotary Club, Thank you so much for your generous donation to Pu'uhale Elementary. As a 3rd grade teacher here, I can honestly say you are making a difference! Thanks again Lyndsay Fowler".

Many thank you letters were received from the students at Pu'uhale Elementary School, here is just one of those letters

Dear Waikiki Rotary Club, Thank you for bringing books to us so we can read. I am grateful for you to let us keep two books. The first book I got from you is The Dragon in the Volcano. I am very excited to read the book. If we don't have books, we won't learn or read. we also can't do our homework without books. Thank you for coming to Pu'uhale Elementary School. Sincerely Roger

Rotarian Carol Riley passed out dictionaries to the third grade class with a lesson on the importance of using a dictionary. Carol asked the students to select words to look up and reviewed all of the cool information that can be found in their new dictionary.

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A dictionary is perhaps the most powerful reference tool that a child should own. Its usefulness goes beyond the spellings, pronunciations, and definitions it lists; it is a companion for solving problems that arise as a child develops his or her reading, writing, and creative thinking abilities. Students benefit from an increased self-confidence and resourcefulness inspired by the maxim "look it up". Teachers benefit by knowing that their students have consistent access to a tool for homework and in-class explorations. We emphasize the importance of using a dictionary to make sure that all words are spelled correctly.

The program is an opportunity for children to expand their vocabulary and for many to actually own a dictionary. A strong vocabulary is an essential tool for gaining knowledge. The limits of an individual's language are the limits of his world. A large vocabulary does not guarantee success but a small vocabulary limits the use that a person can make of his or her natural abilities. Low vocabulary decreases the effectiveness of inborn gifts in any civilization.

Dictionary Project @ Kuhio Elementary School

September 10, 2014

1 All third grade students and their teachers received their very own dictionary today from the Rotary Club of Waikiki. Rotarians shared the importance of using a dictionary and reviewed the dictionary in detail. The dictionary project is a state wide literacy project and the program is an opportunity for children to expand their vocabulary and for many to actually own a dictionary. A strong vocabulary is an essential tool for gaining knowledge. The limits of an individual's language are the limits of his world. A large vocabulary does not guarantee success but a small vocabulary limits the use that a person can make of his or her natural abilities. Low vocabulary decreases the effectiveness of inborn gifts in any civilization.

The Mission Statement of the Dictionary Project...The goal of this program is to assist all students in becoming good writers, active readers, creative thinkers, and resourceful learners by providing them with their own personal dictionary. The dictionaries are a gift to each student to use at school and at home for years to come. Educators see third grade as the dividing line between learning to read and reading to learn, so we encourage our sponsors to give dictionaries each year to children in the third grade

International Literacy Day

September 8

In celebration lift offand awareness of Literacy, on September 3, 2014: The Rotary Club of Waikiki literacy chair Gloria King asked our members to read to a child or senior this month. Building awareness of the importance of Reading is the first step of literacy and is the building blocks of life. Books where given to members and guests to take home to Read to a child or senior.

We are encouraging our members to spend 60 seconds each day for the next 30 days doing small activities that enhance literacy skills with children and seniors. Our special guest Charles Djou & DG Laura Steelquist also took home a book to Read to a child and a senior celebrating her 91st birthday.

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Literacy is a fundamental human right and the foundation for lifelong learning. It is fully essential to social and human development in its ability to transform lives. For individuals, families, and societies alike, it is an instrument of empowerment to improve one’s health, one’s income, and one’s relationship with the world.

The uses of literacy for the exchange of knowledge are constantly evolving, along with advances in technology. From the Internet to text messaging, the ever-wider availability of communication makes for greater social and political participation. A literate community is a dynamic community, one that exchanges ideas and engages in debate. Illiteracy, however, is an obstacle to a better quality of life, and can even breed exclusion and violence.

For over 65 years UNESCO has worked to ensure that literacy remains a priority on national and international agendas. Through its formal and non-formal literacy programs worldwide, the Organization works to realize the vision of a literate world for all.

School supplies delivered

August 12, 2014

More deliveries of school supplies to children in need

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Waikiki Rotarian PDG Roy King assisted in delivering school supplies to Likelike, Lanakila, Kalihi Waena and Kuhio Elementary Schools today. A PCNC coordinator said that some students were so embarrassed to come to school because they didn't have their school supplies and many of the principals reported that the kids are so grateful for our donation to their schools.

August 6, 2014

Deliveries made to Waikiki Community Center Preschool and Waikiki Elementary school

Below is a thank you note from Waikiki Elementary School.

Dear Rotary Club of Waikiki
Thank you so much for the school supplies! It was such a generous donation. I distributed it amongst our lower grades. The pencil boxes were a hit. I was also able to add to some of our students who didn't have glue, color pencils and portfolios. My kid just loved the Spiderman "blinking" backpack! He had a great big smile on his face....and I think on his heart, too! Mahalo, Dolly Bahn .Email: Dolly_Bahn/WAIKIKIE/HIDOE@notes.k12.hi.us

August 4, 2014

Deliveries made to Puuhale Elementary School, Kalihi Kai Elementary & Homeless Shelter in Kakaako and Waialae Avenue

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The Rotary Club of Waikiki delivered boxes and boxes of school supplies to Pu'uhale Elementary School, Kalihi Kai Elementary and to the Homeless Shelter in Kakaako, a Next Step Program (Please see the letter below). More deliveries will be made in a few days. Chair: Stephen Morgan.

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THANK YOU Waikiki Rotary Club Members! Thank you for dropping off boxes of assorted school supplies for our students. Principal Miki St. Laurent was elated to receive the donations and distribute them to the students and teachers of Pu'uhale.

We received many Thank you letters from students at Pu'uhale Elementary...here is just one of those letters...

Dear Waikiki Rotary Club, Thank you for giving us erasers, rulers, books, gle, backpacks and pencils. We will use pencils to write, scissors to cut paper, glue to glue the paper, erasers to take away mistakes. Notebooks used for writing and the rulers will be used too. The backpacks will be used to take homebooks, pencils and crayons. we are happy you donated school supplies to us. Sincerely Jojo K. Pu'uhale Elem. Grade 5.

Aloha Rotary Club of Waikiki Please accept my warmest Mahalo for all the school supplies your organization donated. I believe your generosity will enrich the education value for our children here at Next Step.

These educational supplies will go a long way in building self-esteem among our kids in cohesiveness with their peers. Malama Pono, Kapua Tani Volunteer Services Coordinator Next Step Project a member of Waikiki Health Mobile: (808) 723-4810 Office: (808) 738-9362

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School supply drive - Wal-Mart Keeaumoku

August 2, 2014

The Rotary Club of Waikiki’s School Supply Drive was a HUGE success!

A BIG Mahalo goes out to the generosity of Wal-Mart Shoppers and to our dedicated Volunteers that came out to help with this wonderful humanitarian project.

Chair Stephen Morgan said “There are a tremendous number of kids and families that are financially strapped to purchase supplies for their kids to go back to school and if they have multiple children sometimes they just can’t afford supplies. The Rotary Club of Waikiki is very happy to support this worthwhile project for our Keiki in Hawaii.”

At the end of six hours, our team of volunteers collected thousands of dollars’ worth of school supplies for children in need. We collected new composition books, pencils, pens, crayons, markers, glue bottles and sticks, facial tissue and paper towels, clip boards, scissors, spiral notebooks, pocket folders, pencil crayons, pencil cases, erasers, rulers, folder and copy paper, manila folders, backpacks and raised over $350.00 in cash.

School supplies will be donated to various schools and homeless shelters.

Video of Project: http://animoto.com/play/0mMPZ0O1ophZu0f6ajh85g

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International student exchange - Waikiki & Taiwan

July, 30. 2014

IMG_0812 International Director Flora Lu introduced two delightful young ladies, Amanda Ng, from Honolulu, and Roxie Sung, from Taiwan. Roxie is here from Taiwan to learn about Hawaii and is being hosted by Amanda's family. the Rotary Club of Waikiki provides the airfare for both students.

Rotary Youth Exchange is the opportunity of a lifetime for the more than 8,000 students who participate each year. By sharing your own culture and embracing a new one, you help foster global understanding—and learn a great deal about yourself and your home country in the process.

Youth Exchange is a study-abroad opportunity for young people who spend anywhere from a few weeks to a full year as an international student hosted by local Rotary clubs.