Each July for nearly two decades, the parishioners of Saint Andrew’s have gathered school supplies for Kalihi-Waena Elementary School. This is the school, three miles away, with which we have partnered with great success. This area in Kalihi is a low socio-economic area with many students living in public housing. The families are hard pressed financially and cannot afford supplies. The entire school has been deemed as a free lunch/free breakfast school.
Each year we provide the students with school supplies, and each December we donate extra meat for the holidays. During the period of quarantine and distance learning last year, the Cathedral donated nineteen computers or monitors to the school to distribute to students. The school used a large proportion of its budget this year to provide WiFi hotspots so that electronic access was available to all students. If anyone has a tablet such as a Chrome book or an iPad, those would be given to a student.
During this month while you are shopping, please look for good prices on school supplies such as composition books, folder paper, markers and even slippers. Buy and bring in school supplies anytime during July. At the end of the month, there will be a blessing and then we will deliver the supplies to the school at the beginning of August.