Hawaii State Federal Credit Union has granted more than $25,000 to teachers in 2012.
Hawaii State FCU's Investing in Education grant program helps public school teachers to obtain much-needed supplies, books, furniture, electronics equipment and basic necessities for the classroom. Since 2009, Hawaii State FCU has given just under $100,000.
The Investing in Education grant program began in 2009 with a budget of $10,000 and was referred to as the Helping Hands grant program until 2011.
Teachers are granted up to $500 by submitting an essay on how the money would be used to improve student learning.
These teachers at Maui schools received grants in 2012:
Ellen Frenette-Garcia, Baldwin High School, $489; Deanna Kiersz, Haiku Elementary, $500; Sherre Plumley, Haiki Elementary, $494.74; Francine Lee, Kahului Elementary, $453.38; Ann O'Rourke, Kalama Intermediate, $500; Lynn Yamada, King Kekaulike High, $500; Jan M. Matsushita, King Kekaulike High, $500; Suzanne Jensen, Kula Elementary, $337.21; Haley van Weeman van Noord, Lahaina Intermediate, $375; Bonita Lum, Makawao Elementary, $500; Heiki Mathison, Maui High School, $500; Glennis Ooka, Maui High School, $500; Ana Ramirez-Arriola, Maui High School, $475.