‘Bids for Kids’ benefit takes place Saturday

Fundraiser for tutor project in Lahaina

People for Educational Equality will have its biennial “Bids for Kids,” a fundraiser that will benefit the Lahaina Complex Tutor Project, from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Aina Nalu Pavilion in Lahaina.

The evening will include pupu, drinks, music from Paul West and a silent auction. Silent auction items include donations from Grand Wailea, Salon Bella Maui, Trilogy, Warren and Annabelle’s Magic!, Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa, Lahaina Fish Co., Enjoy the Ride, Kimo’s, Mama’s Fish House and more. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased at www.pfee.org or by contacting Barbara Potts at 344-5008.

Founded in 2009, PFEE is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to assist and inspire community-driven educational projects and improvements that are sustainable and can have a measurable impact on schools or communities involved.

Their primary focus is the Lahaina Complex Tutor Project, which was started by Pat and Richard Endsley, and has been in operation for 18 years, serving students in the public primary, intermediate and high schools. Since its involvement, PFEE has donated more than $85,000 to the tutoring program.

Each year the program has approximately 150 volunteers who tutor students in math, reading, social studies and more.

Students involved in the program have shown marked improvement and increased interest in learning.

There is no charge to the families whose children are involved in the program, and there are numerous costs to be covered so the project can continue to provide the community with this vital service.

The fundraising efforts will go directly to the tutoring program. PFEE’s hope is to further enrich the language arts and math program and to bring outside support to provide STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) curriculum. PFEE hopes to surpass its 2017 gift of $25,000.

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