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After-school programs promote skills building

March 5, 2013
The Maui News
Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui (right) speaks with Iao Intermediate School staff and student body representatives, including student body Vice President Noah Jordan Magbual, about after-school programs. Curriculum Coordinator Lara Whitefield and other staff members Friday presented current after-school program options to Tsutsui, including the federally funded Uniting Peer Learning Integrating New Knowledge program and the grant-funded Promoting Academic Students Success program. The intervention programs help students to build skills and to avoid pitfalls such as teen pregnancy, said Whitefield. Tsutsui, a native of Maui whose 8th-grade daughter, Mikayla, serves as treasurer at the school, said he spoke with Gov. Neil Abercrombie and is working with Department of Education Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi to create a general framework for funding the programs. “If there was an area we might be lacking in, it would be after-school programs at middle schools,” he said to a room of about a dozen people. “We want to enhance initiatives already happening and not cross our fingers for federal funding.”
The Maui News / CHRIS SUGIDONO photo


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