Community Partnerships Can Be Vital To Schools — And Hard To Sustain …Businesses and volunteers play a significant role in supporting local schools, but it’s often up to individual school principals to identify and build these connections.

As the principal of Kalakaua Middle School in Kalihi, where nearly two-thirds of students are considered economically disadvantaged, Lorelei Aiwohi is always looking for ways to create new opportunities for her students.

So when the principal at nearby Farrington High School connected her with an alumnus who wanted to start a computer science program, Aiwohi jumped at the chance to help put a group of talented students on an early path to college success.

The afterschool program that Ray Tsuchiyama ran in 2019 introduced students to big college level concepts, harnessed the talents of University of Hawaii students and connected kids with engineers in Hawaii and tech workers in Silicon Valley.


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