Students participate in campaign to end polio

Kihei Elementary School Student Council EarlyAct members display their posters and collection jars for the “Pennies for Polio” collection campaign. Shown are (from left) Maikela Auld Rodrigues (Grade 5), Maya Connolly (Grade 4) and Jackson Fabric (Grade 3).

The Kihei Elementary School Student Council EarlyAct Group, consisting of 16 representatives from 3rd-, 4th- and 5th-grade classes, have again joined forces with the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset for its third annual “Pennies for Polio” drive.

Led by staff members Joanne Laird, Alaina Valite and Michelle Bonilla, the students were introduced to Rotary International’s “End Polio Now Campaign.” Council members made 60 posters for all classrooms and hallways and provided collection jars that were delivered to each classroom teacher on Jan. 25. A fact sheet about the “End Polio Now/Pennies for Polio” campaign was sent home with each child so that parents were aware of this collection campaign. Phylecia Platte, foundation chair for the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset, will collect all contributions Friday. American Savings Bank has offered to count and record each class’s contributions.

In 2018, students generated more than $1,700 in donated funds. Two class winners, one for each recess period, will be announced. The two winning classes will receive a Jamba Juice/healthy snack party from the Rotary Club members during their recess.

Collected funds will be sent to Rotary International’s “End Polio Now” campaign and will be matched 2-1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.