Thanksgiving Wishes

Wil Okabe, HSTA President

Aloha Colleagues,

As we take the time to count our blessings on Thanksgiving, I want to make sure you know how much we appreciate you and all you do to for our students.

Mahalo nui loa for caring.  Because teachers are deeply committed to the success of every child, we joined together to change Hawaii for the better.  Because you care, we joined together to elect a governor who respects the professional expertise of educators. Because you care, we will chart the future for public education together.  One that includes quality AND equitable early childhood education, one that adequately funds our schools and, one that understands that our educators are doing a fantastic job under difficult circumstances and one that will work toward new opportunities to give teachers a voice on what works in our classrooms. Together, we did it against long odds.  You made the difference. 

When we hold our leaders accountable, work with parents as partners, and teachers are allowed to inspire children’s natural curiosity and desire to learn, there is nothing our students cannot achieve.  Together we are makng a difference and we have only just begun.

Thank you for all that you do.

Wil Okabe

November 6, 2014 2:06 a.m.

We wish you and your family and friends a safe and happy Thanksgiving. There is much to be thankful for, and we thank you for everything you do.

At this time of the year, we reflect on the many things for which we are thankful.
•We are thankful for our students who come to school every day ready to learn.  Their successes in our classrooms give us all a daily reminder of what is important and why we are here. 
•We are thankful for the support of our parents and families in creating partnerships for learning.
•We are thankful for our colleagues—the teachers, support staff, and administrators—who really care about student achievement and have the best interests of our students at heart. 
•We also thank our volunteers and community supporters who contribute so much to our keiki on all islands around our state.
•Thank you to our teachers for all you to inside and outside of the classroom.

We would like to wish all of you a happy Thanksgiving holiday.

Wil Okabe, President
Joan Kamila Lewis, Vice President
Colleen Pasco, Secretary-Treasurer