The Hawaii State Federal Credit Union has awarded about $20,000 in grants to public school teachers for its Investing in Education grant program since August, but still has another $20,000 to award to teachers before the end of this month.
The program allows teachers in the State of Hawaii Department of Education to obtain much-needed supplies, books, furniture, electronics, equipment and other basic necessities for their classrooms.
"We recognize and appreciate the extraordinary effort and sacrifice Hawaii’s public school teachers provide to our community," the credit union says.
Teachers will be required to submit essays of 500 words or less explaining what is the need in the classroom, how the grant money will assist in student learning and provide details on items to be purchased and their cost.
HSTA Secretary-Treasurer Logan Okita, a first-grade teacher at Nimitz Elementary, is a past recipient and says the grants "are amazing! I've received funds for learning games for my students when I taught kindergarten and last year I received funds to buy robots for my class to use for STEM lessons."
Grants up to $500 are available from Aug. 1 through Oct. 31. Submissions will be reviewed and awarded as they are received and continue until all $40,000 in program funds have been disbursed or until Oct. 31, whichever comes first.
Applicants must be a member of Hawaii State FCU and be currently employed in the Department of Education as a classroom teacher.
Click here for more information and to apply.
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