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Maui High AVID program receives new computers

The Charles & Mitch Ota Foundation, a Maui-based Hawaii nonprofit corporation, recently gifted Maui High School with 33 Google Chromebooks and accessories for use by students in the school’s AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program.

AVID is a program that helps students achieve their college goals through skills development, college preparatory activities, study groups, mentoring and career exploration. AVID students must maintain a grade-point average of 2.5 and above, have good attendance and behavior, and the potential and desire to go to college.

“Having Chromebooks dedicated to support students in our AVID program is a huge benefit because they can work on their research, writing and other projects uninterrupted. It will also help the students research their college options,” said school Principal Jamie Yap.

“Over the years, the Ota Foundation has made a tremendous impact on our school by providing sustained financial support to give students new experiences, like college visits on Oahu, and to provide teachers with professional development,” Yap said. “Through the foundation’s support, our school has made it an even higher priority to get the students who may not have been college bound to focus on their college aspirations.”

Lifelong residents of Maui, Charles and Mitch Ota shared a deep love of their island home, and left a lasting legacy for its children. During their lifetimes, the Otas quietly supported hundreds of students in Maui schools, focusing on those who had college potential and, with encouragement and support, would realize that attending college was an attainable goal.

Mitch (Misao) Ota, a former Maui high school home economics teacher, and her husband Charles, a prominent businessman, anonymously provided support, such as sponsoring all-expenses-paid trips for Maui’s AVID students to attend college fairs and visit campuses on Oahu, and endowing a culinary arts scholarship for Maui high school graduates at Kapiolani Community College.