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!
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.
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.