Fall 2022 Applications Deadline Looming

The deadline for Fall 2022 Student Teaching Grant Applications is July 31, 2022. Because it’s in the middle of summer and your resources may be difficult to reach, this is a friendly reminder.  If you are entering your final student teaching semester this fall, you must have your completed application (including all supporting documents) to us by July 31, 2022. 

Plese go to our Student Teaching Grant Applications page to get started. Don’t delay! 

Submit Your Application for Spring 2022

It’s that time of year again! The holidays are coming, travel plans are coordinated, and gift-buying is on the rise. Amidst all this flurry of activity is the application deadline for a Spring 2022 scholarship from Growing Our Own Teachers on Kauai! 

If you are completing your student teaching semester this coming spring, the deadline to submit your scholarship application is November 30, 2021

Visit our website to upload the required documents and fill in the application. We will get in touch with you to set up an interview with members of our board. We want to help you succeed and fulfill your dreams of becoming a teacher! It’s our mission! 

 

 

Partnering with KCC on a New Project

In 2019, Kauai Community College Creative Media instructor Steve Watkins determined that students and lecturers in all Creative Media classes should work together each term to support local nonprofit organizations. Students work with nonprofits producing professional fundraising and promotional video programs, musical compositions, still photographs, graphics, and websites. These are the most heavily weighted assignments and projects. 

Each term, a minimum of five nonprofit organizations are chosen for a variety of digital media projects. Students get hands-on experience with high-quality production processes and open communication channels similar to that of an expert advertising agency. The students, in turn, develop professional relationships with prospective employers and keep KCC active in the community.

This year, Growing Our Own Teachers on Kauai was one of the nonprofits selected. One of our directors, Rose Ramos-Benzel, is serving as the point person for our project. With input from our Fundraising/Marketing Committee, Steve’s Intermediate Digital Video class, along with the Photography students, are creating a video about our organization which will be geared toward prospective donors. Featured in the video will be President Nancy Kanna, Paul Zina, Ron Wiley, an annual donor, as well as past and current recipients. Interviews will be conducted this month, with editing and final delivery of the project by early December. 

We are extremely excited about this project and the many ways we can use the final footage to promote our organization, to attract donors and scholarship recipients, and raise funds.

It’s Fundraising Season!

Multiple Ways to Donate

We are gearing up our end-of-the-year fundraising campaign by focusing on “Giving Tuesday” on November 30, 2021.

Here are some possible ways to help us with that campaign. There are many ways to donate to Growing Our Own Teachers On Kauai.

First, consider Growing Our Own Teachers On Kauai for your Required Minimum Distribution. If you are over 70 years and 6 months old and have a pension plan, such as an IRA or TSA that requires you to take out a certain amount of money yearly, you may have your financial advisor donate some or all of that money to a charity, or 501(c)(3), like Growing Our Own Teachers On Kauai. Consult your financial advisor for details.

Second, many of you are ordering items through Amazon these days. You can contribute to our organization directly through the Amazon Smile program. Just register with Amazon Smile through the Amazon shopping website. If you are not already registered it will ask you to designate a charity. You will find that Growing Our Own Teachers On Kauai is one you can contribute to through your Amazon purchases. The good thing about this contribution is that you are not giving the money, Amazon is!  They give the charity an amount that is a percentage of your purchase cost and the money comes from them, not you.

Third, you can make a direct donation through our website at GrowingKauaiTeachers.org using a credit card. Just click on any Donate button on our site. 

Finally, you can send a check directly to our official address:

Growing Our Own Teachers On Kauai
P.O. Box 1117
Kalaheo, HI 96741

 

Mahalo nui loa

Last month, Growing Our Own Teachers on Kauai held its first online fundraising event. We honored all our current teachers for National Teacher Appreciation Day.  It takes special people to be called into the the teaching profession and we want to recognize those who have become teachers as well as those who are working to become teachers.  

We are excited to say our campaign was a complete success! We exceeded our $5,000 goal and reached $6,300 from private donations alone.  In addition, we have garnered over $17,000 in grants this year to support our mission to assist aspiring teachers on Kauai. 

We are grateful to all of our supporters for their contributions to our cause. 

Our grant recipients also understand that we are funded not only by local foundations and clubs, but by the community members they are working to serve. All of our student teacher recipients from the past few years are still teaching in Kauai schools. This is their promise to you: to teach on Kauai for a minimum of three years. Even in this time of a worldwide pandemic, our recipients are finding ways to continue teaching our keiki and fulfill their promise.

Thank you, again, for your support. 

 

Fall Applications due July 31

As the 2020/21 school year winds down, we are headed into a summer of less restrictions and more ability to enjoy the lovely weather our island is known for.  Even though summer is for vacations and staycations, if you are a student in a teacher training program and you plan to do your student teaching semester in the Fall of 2021, you’ll need to remember one important date: 

Our application deadline for the Fall of 2021 is July 31, 2021

We have provided an online application where you can upload your required documents as well as a pdf version you can download, print, and mail to us with your supporting documents. Please go to our Student Teaching Grant Applications page to start your application process. 

If you have questions, please email us at applications@growingkauaiteachers.org

Online Student Application Ready!

Just in time for the Spring 2021 applications, we have added a completely online Student Teacher Grant Application! Now, you can enter all the required information and upload your files directly to our database.

For those of you who prefer to email or mail your applications to us, we have kept those links on the same page below the online application.

The deadline is nearing, so please be sure to gather the necessary information and recommendation letters. All applications are due November 30, 2020. We will review and determine the eligibility of all the applications we receive at our Board meeting in the first week of December.

Please visit our Student Teacher Grant Application page for more information. We look forward to receiving your application!

Donors Choose: Mrs. Kan-Souza’s Classroom

While school is largely being held online via meeting applications, teachers and students still need supplies to help foster learning. 

Mrs. Kan-Souza, a former GOOTOK recipient, current board member¹, and a teacher at Wilcox Elementary needs your help! She is online every day with 50 students and her laptop is too old to handle the pressure. She often loses her connection and has to sign back into the meeting, spending precious learning time getting back online and settling the children back into the lesson.  With a new laptop, she will be able to remain in control of the class and lesson plans and keep her students’ attention. 

Please click here or use the following photo link to donate to her cause so she can run her online classroom more effectively and efficiently! She and her students are grateful for all the help you can provide. Mahalo nui loa!!


¹ Mrs. Kan-Souza is a current board member of  Growing Our Own Teachers on Kauai. GOOTOK is not affiliated with nor do we receive any donations from Donors Choose. If you, as a teacher, would like to post your own needs or news, please contact us.

Introducing “Seedlings”

As part of our strategy to become more visible in our community, we have established our first-ever newsletter: Seedlings. We have included the copy below.  We hope you enjoy it!

https://mailchi.mp/82a25327e7fa/summer-seedlings-2020

By the way, don’t forget the deadline for the 2021 Spring Student Teaching semester is November 30, 2020. It seems like a long way off, but if you or someone you know will need assistance for their final semester, please download the application to review the required documentation. We have added assistance for Secondary School teacher candidates this year. Please contact us to find out more information about the requirements for this grant.

Aloha!

June 10, 2020 

Servco Grant Award – 2019

Growing Our Own Teachers on Kauai is honored to have been nominated and awarded a Servco Grant of $20,000!  Servco received almost 5,000 nominations for more than 550 organizations. Out of those nominees, 40 were chosen to be reviewed by their employees who then selected the final 19 award recipients.

In honor of their 100th anniversary, Servco decided to celebrate by giving back to the communities where they do business.  We were among the three recipients from Kauai which included Kauai Independent Food Bank and Kauai Humane Society.

We are deeply grateful to those who wrote wonderful letters to nominateus and to Servco for awarding this generous grant to our organization. Rest assured, these funds will serve our mission and help more student teachers on Kauai complete their education!