Roots School recieves $15,000 FLEX grant

Head of School Melita Charan (clockwise from top left) and Development Director Lisa Varde are shown with Roots students Lucas Lang, Rhys Mijangos and Madison Grende.

Roots School in Haiku recently received a $15,000 FLEX grant from the Hawai’i Community Foundation. The statewide FLEX grant is particularly competitive because funds are unrestricted and may be used for any variety of needs that a nonprofit organization has.

“FLEX was created to provide unrestricted funding to high-performing nonprofits across the state that can demonstrate strengths in accountability, achievement of results and community connectedness. As a FLEX grantee, Roots School has exemplified the best practices of high performance,” the Hawai’i Community Foundation said in a statement.

The FLEX grant awarded to Roots School was funded through the Robert Emens Black Fund and the NME Fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation.

“We are so grateful to have received this very generous grant on our first time applying for the FLEX program,” said Melita Charan, Roots head of school. “At Roots, we believe that children have unlimited potential and we are dedicated to helping them succeed not only in school, but also in life. Unrestricted funding like the FLEX grant allows us to continue to improve ourselves in order to achieve our goals of helping children develop personal integrity, confidence and compassion for others.”