Maui Electric donates to programs supporting Molokai youth
Release Date: 11/14/2017
Maui Electric president, Sharon Suzuki (center) presented Molokai Elementary School students, staff and faculty with a $2,100 donation for its 2018 Science Olympiad.
MOLOKAI, November 14, 2017 - Maui Electric Company recently presented two Molokai community organizations with monetary donations to support the island's youth. The funds are donated from Maui Electric's Hawaiian Electric Industries Charitable Foundation.
Molokai Child Abuse Prevention Pathways (MCAPP) received a $5,000 donation last month to support prevention education for students both at primary and secondary levels to help them develop the skills to recognize and respond to sexually abusive behavior and get help if victimized. MCAPP will use the funds for age-appropriate survey tools to evaluate the effectiveness of their program.
"Molokai Child Abuse Prevention Pathways (MCAPP) is sincerely grateful for Maui Electric's Hawaiian Electric Industries Charitable Foundation's (HEICF) commitment and support of our work to end child and family sexual violence in Molokai," said Paula Morelli, PhD, CF Hawaii program director for MCAPP. "HEICF's grant of $5,000 is critical to continuing this necessary, critical effort."
Maui Electric Company also presented the Department of Education - Molokai Complex with a $2,100 donation to support their 2018 Molokai Elementary Science Olympiad (ESO). The Olympiad is a series of events designed for students in grades 3-6 that focus on improving their knowledge base through hands-on activities that encourage problem-solving, critical thinking, self-regulated learning and teamwork. The Molokai Complex will be using the funds to cover registration fees and to purchase materials for six of the 20 events planned next year.
"Students learn more when engaging in science activities rather than hearing or reading about science," said Heidi Jenkins, Molokai Science Olympiad Director. "The HEICF grant supports this pedagogy by funding materials and supplies that enable our students to get 'hands on' with science, technology, engineering and math while participating in Science Olympiad events."
"Maui Electric is committed to serving our communities on Molokai, Maui and Lanai," said Sharon Suzuki, president of Maui Electric. "We're proud to support programs that help to meet critical needs for the youth of Molokai.
MCAPP's curriculum teaches youth to recognize signs of sexually abusive behavior, understand where and how to access help, respect others' personal boundaries and avoid behaving in sexually abusive ways, assert boundaries to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of sexual violence, and advocate for respectful relationships.
The Molokai Elementary Science Olympiad is designed to motivate and excite students about STEM and encourage them to pursue these areas in future coursework and career choices. The teamwork involved in the various events and friendly competition across schools in the district afford students the opportunity to learn how to network with others, communicate effectively.