Students learn about philanthropy

Students from the Montessori School of Maui Philanthropy Student Committee raised money this year for nonprofit organizations on Maui.

The students promoted a fundraising evening at The Flatbread Co. in Paia, participated in a Walk-A-Thon on campus and worked with the Rotary Club of Kihei Sunrise to collect money for Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts. In total, the students raised $3,150.

The students made presentations to their individual classes describing Maui nonprofit organizations and then facilitated a schoolwide vote to determine which organizations would get the money.

This year, the most votes were received by Maui Youth and Family Services, and Hawaiian Animal Rescue Foundation.

On May 15, representatives from these organizations met with the committee members to accept their donations, thank the young people for their hard work and share a bit more about their organizations.

The presentation included Frances Duberstein, development coordinator with Maui Youth and Family Services, and Dawn Hall, executive director of Hawaiian Animal Rescue Foundation.