Students lead ‘Pennies for Polio’ drive

The Kihei Elementary Student Council Early Act group, consisting of 18 representatives from 3rd-, 4th- and 5th-grade classes, recently celebrated the success of its third Student Council project since November 2017. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset, this group held the second annual “Pennies for Polio” drive.

Led by staff members Alaina Valite, Michelle Bonilla and Joanne Laird, the students were introduced to Rotary International’s “End Polio Now Campaign.” Council members made 40 posters for all classrooms and provided collection jars for each classroom.

The collection period was for two weeks at the end of February and a total of $1,704 was the result of this schoolwide effort.

Tehani Kama’s 1st-grade class and Kristen Goodwin’s 5th-grade class were the top fund collectors for their recess period and they will each receive a Jamba Juice/

Healthy Snack party from the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset.

American Savings Bank Kahului Branch counted and recorded all of the coins and currency collected by the 36 classes. The Student Council will keep 25 percent of the collected funds for future projects, and the remaining funds will be sent to Rotary International’s “End Polio Now” campaign and will be matched 2-to-1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

“The students embraced this project and experienced firsthand the meaning of the Rotary International motto of ‘Service Above Self,’ “ said Laird, adviser to the student council.