Mahalo to the many generous and supportive residents and visitors of Maui, who have responded to my calls for volunteers and donors to Habitat for Humanity Maui.
You have made an impact for over 70 families. Please continue your partnership until homelessness and poverty is eliminated!
I will be leaving my position for a new venture with St. Anthony Junior Senior High School as the admissions director.
Habitat for Humanity Maui
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MEO Head Start would like to extend an enormous thank you to the Kiwanis Club of the Valley Isle.
Dawn DeRego of the Kiwanis Club of the Valley Isle and her crew of volunteers tirelessly campaign each summer for community donations for their program "Project Backpack - Equipped to Learn."
Thanks to their hard work and community generosity, 312 backpacks, complete with all necessary supplies, were provided to families of MEO Head Start and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui.
Here at MEO Head Start preschool program (as with any school), summer and fall are times of much transition. As we welcome in newcomers each school year, we are also saying a bittersweet farewell to those who are heading off to kindergarten.
It's amazing to see the 3- and 4-year-old children who have been in our care "grow up" and make the shift from preschoolers to self-sufficient kindergartners.
Working together with their parents, the teaching staff strives to give each child the gift of a love of learning and excitement about what lies ahead in the "big kids" school.
This school-readiness can be tremendously dampened when families aren't able to provide backpacks and basic supplies to their children. Sadly, this is common stressor for Maui families.
Debbi Amaral, MEO Early Childhood Services director
and MEO Head Start staff