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Students collect ‘Pennies for Polio’

Kihei Elementary School Student Council EarlyAct members Abbyquel Lim (left), grade 3, and Meeya Robbins, grade 5, display their posters and collection jars for the “Pennies for Polio” collection campaign.

The Kihei Elementary School Student Council EarlyAct Group, consisting of 33 representatives from 3rd, 4th and 5th grade classes, joined forces with the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset for their fourth 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 posters for all classrooms and provided collection jars that were delivered to each classroom teacher on Feb. 14.

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. On Feb. 28, Phylecia Platte, foundation chair for the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset, collected all contributions. American Savings Bank has offered to count and record each class’ contributions.

In 2019, students generated more than $2,100 in donated funds. There will be two class winners, one for each recess period. 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.

The council members were surprised to learn that polio is a disease that killed and crippled so many children in the 20th century, according to a news release. Upon learning about this effort, all council members were eager to take part in the project to help Rotary end this disease in the world.

“This project is an example of the Rotary belief of service above self,” said Laird.

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