Spring Activities

Growing Our Own Teachers on Kauai is committed to assisting our Kauai student teachers finish their programs so they can get licensed and teach in our Kauai Schools. To that end, we are involved in a few important activities this Spring.  

 

First, we have the HLTA Charity Walk. Through the Charity Walk, participating nonprofits raise money and recruit team members for the annual walk at Vidinha Stadium. This year, the event is on Saturday, May 4th and it will be our 3rd year as a participating nonprofit. Our goal is to raise $3,000! All money raised through the Charity Walk on Kauai is dispersed to participating Kauai nonprofits. So the money stays here on-island. It’s a great way to allow us to make ourselves known and continue fulfilling our mission. You can visit our Charity Walk page at bit.ly/gootok or text KAUAI2060 to 71777.

 

Second, we are celebrating Kauai teachers during National Teacher Appreciation Week, May 6 through May 10, 2024. Teachers are a special type of people and they deserve special thanks from all of us. On May 4th at our Charity Walk booth , we will collect “Thank You” notes from students who want to thank a special teacher (no donation required). We will have special notes cards which can be filled out and placed in an envelope. We will deliver those notes to the teachers’ schools during Teacher Appreciation Week.  On May 7th, we will present our Mayor, the Honorable Derek S.K. Kawakami, with our Proclamation to declare May 6th through 10th as Kauai Teacher Appreciation Week for his signature. A photo of the signed proclamation will appear on our website and the original will be presented to the Kauai Board of Education.

 

Third, we will be taking applications for those student teachers graduating in the Fall of this year. It seems early. but it’s already April and, if you will be student teaching in the Fall, then your complete applications are due June 30, 2024. Remember, you have finals in May, your teachers have grades to report and, then, it’s summer. People travel. So, start getting prepared now so you don’t miss out! We want to help you, but our board members travel during the summer too, so if your application is late, we may not be able to get you into the round of interviews and board meeting discussion/vote. Go to our applications page to find out what you will need to submit to us so you can start gathering your information now.

 

It may not sound like much, but a lot of preparation goes into each fundraising event. All our Board members work hard to keep our funding coming is so we can provide grants to our deserving student teachers. 

 

Growing Our Own Teachers on Kauai is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization with an all-volunteer Board of Directors. 

INTERESTED IN BECOMING A TEACHER? A KCC Announcement

An announcement from Kauai Community College (KCC)

Meet with Courtney Tsumoto, Academic Advisor at UH Mānoa’s College of Education, Office of Student Academic Services (OSAS). Her role is to support current and future students in UH Mānoa’s statewide distance teacher preparation programs. She would love to help you understand admissions requirements and help you plan for and embark on your journey toward becoming a teacher no matter where you may be in the process.

What: College of Education Statewide Distance Teacher Preparation Programs, Kaua`i CC Visits

When: First Wednesday of the month:
9/6, 10/4, 11/8/ and 12/6

Where: Meet In-Person at Kaua`i Community College
One Stop Center (OSC) 204 Conference Room

Time: 10 am – 4:30 pm

Schedule an Appointment.
First-come, first-served.

Please reach out to Courtney (catsumot@hawaii.edu) if you have any scheduling conflicts. She looks forward to meeting you!

Also, please find important UH Mānoa COE updates here

Courtney Tsumoto, Academic Advisor, UHM COE Office, OSAS

Courtney Tsumoto, OSAS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

70s Dance Party — Save the Date!!

Get out your boogie shoes and be ready to dance the night away! 

Growing Our Own Teachers on Kauai is throwing a 70s Dance Party on Friday, June 30, 2023 to fundraise for our cause! Save the date! There will be costume contests, DJ music, and (of course) lots of dancing.  

Costume contests are for Best 70s Costume, Best 70s Couple, and Best Hippie! You can sign up for the contests inside the venue. Great prizes will be awarded!!

More details and tickets for the event are coming soon, so stay tuned to our social media pages (Facebook & Instagram) and our web site. 

Refreshments and alcohol will be available; so you must be at least 21 years old to attend. 

We are holding the fundraising party at the Kauai Philippine Cultural Center in Lihue (map). Moneys raised will fund stipends for deserving student teachers who need financial assistance for their final semester when they do their student teaching. 

We are looking forward to providing a night full of fun to Kauai’s community! So, pull out those dancing shoes and get ready to boogie!! 

Click here to read more about our mission. 

 

It’s Time to Apply for Spring 2023! The Deadline is 11/30/2022!

Aloha!
The deadline to get your application for the Spring 2023 scholarship is right around the corner! Get your required documents together and fill in your application today! The deadline is November 30, 2022.

Visit our Student Teaching Grant Applications page for more information.

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! 

 

 

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

Are You Ready for Your Student Teaching Semester?

You’re not ready until you apply for a grant from Growing Our Own Teachers on Kauai! We offer one-time grants to financially assist students in their final teaching semester!

Our applications are on our website and ready to go when you are. The deadline for the Spring of 2021 semester is November 30, 2020. Please be sure to have all your necessary documents ready to email or mail in time to meet that deadline.

In new news, we are updating our website to include the applications completely online and adding the ability to upload your supporting documentation when you submit your application. This will give you more options for submission! Don’t worry if you don’t see them online when you’re ready to put your application together. We will continue to accept the pdf forms as well!

As always, if you have any questions at all, please feel free to contact us via email. We are here for you!

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!

    

Flex Grant Award!

Growing Our Own Teachers on Kauai is pleased to announce that we were recently awarded a FLEX Grant from Hawaii Community Foundation (HCF) through the Robert Emens Black Fund. We are grateful for the award and thank all involved.

We are in the process of re-evaluating our purpose and goals and preparing a strategic plan for the coming years. We intend to refocus our energies in order to better address the increasing shortage of teachers on Kauai. The funds from the FLEX grant will help us complete this critical planning.

As we move forward, we will need more volunteers and funding to help us accomplish our goals. Below are links to donate and to sign up to volunteer.

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FLEX is supported by multiple current and past donors through the Hawai‘i Community Foundation. Nonprofits will beconsidered for funding based on each individual fund’s preferences. Information submitted in the “Organization & Program Profile,” as well as responses to the narrative questions, allows HCF to match applicants with appropriate funds. -- HCF