HCAP Weekly July 10, 2017

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In this week’s issue:

District Service Centers Distribute Free School Supplies in Ready to Learn Drive
Na Lima Hana Participant Finds Job, Hopes to Support Family
Palolo STEM Students Inflate Balloons with Baking Soda and Vinegar
SCSEP Employment Opportunity at Central District Service Center
HCAP Head Start Accepting Applications for the 2017-2018 School Year


District Service Centers Distribute Free School Supplies in Ready to Learn Drive

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The basic school supply starter kits are ready for pick-up at HCAP’s District Service Centers. This year, HCAP plans to distribute over 1,500 supply kits, as part of the Ready to Learn (RTL) school supply drive. The school supplies are distributed to the individuals and families who applied at one of HCAP’s five District Service Centers. This drive was made possible by HCAP’s partnership with Helping Hands Hawaii.

Many families with multiple children in their households cannot afford to provide each child with all of the school supplies they need for the upcoming school year. The RTL school supply drive helps put free school supplies in the hands of thousands of households. As part of wraparound services, District Service Center staff helped clients apply on behalf of their children. With the guidance of teachers and family advocates, HCAP Head Start parents with older children in K-12 schools have also successfully applied to receive school supplies.

There are two types of school supply starter kits for students: the kits for students from kindergarten through Grade 5 and the kits for students enrolled in Grade 6 through Grade 12. The K through 5 kit consists of two twin pocket folders, two composition books, two pens, a set of folder paper, 12 #2 pencils, scissors, glue, an eraser and a 24 pack of crayons. The Grades 6 through 12 kit consists of a 1” 3-prong binder, two College ruled notebooks, 12 ball point pens, a pocket calculator, a set of folder paper, a ruler, an eraser and pencils.

HCAP District Service Center Staff have started to send out letters and make phone calls to families who applied to receive free school supplies. If you have applied with a nearby District Service Center, please call the aforementioned District Service Center to arrange a time to collect the school supply starter kits for your children.


Na Lima Hana Participant Finds Job, Hopes to Support Family

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In early June, Luis came to HCAP’s Leeward District Service Center looking for help. He had no job and no money. Since Luis could not afford a home for him and his family, relatives arranged for his wife and children to stay with them while Luis set up camp at Waianae Boat Harbor. Luis quickly enrolled in the Na Lima Hana Employment Core Services (ECS) Program and showed up with enthusiasm every week for Job Readiness Training (JRT). During JRT, Luis created a resume and learned how to upload his resume online. Within a couple of weeks, Luis was called in for an interview and landed a job at Ruby Tuesday doing what he loves best: cooking. The ECS Program was able to provide Luis with work clothes to get him started on his new job. He also received a Walmart gift card as part of the incentive program for securing employment. He is very thankful to HCAP for helping him get one step closer to his goal of being reunited with his family.


Palolo STEM Students Inflate Balloons with Baking Soda and Vinegar

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This week, the students at the Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After-School Program’s Palolo STEM Exploration Center learned about gas and chemical reactions with the help of a balloon experiment. The students discovered how to inflate a balloon using baking soda and vinegar. First, they used a funnel to add baking soda to the inside of a balloon. Then, the students filled a plastic bottle with vinegar. Finally, they attached the balloon to the mouth of the plastic bottle, and lifted the balloon upright, so that the baking soda inside the balloon falls into the plastic bottle and an acid-base reaction is created. A chemical reaction occurs when vinegar’s acetic acid reacts with the baking soda’s sodium bicarbonate to form carbonic acid. Carbonic acid falls apart into carbon dioxide and water. The bubbles come from the escaping carbon dioxide. The carbon dioxide has nowhere to go except up into the glove, causing it to inflate. After observing the chemical reaction, students made their hypothesis concerning whether more or less baking soda/vinegar combo will make produce more or less gas.


SCSEP Employment Opportunity at Central District Service Center

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The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is looking for new senior applicants who are able and willing to work. Must meet the following criteria:

• 55 years of age and older.
• Must be at or below 125% Federal Poverty Guideline.
• Must be a resident of Oahu.
• Must be unemployed at the time of application.
• Willing to be placed into one of our non-profit/governmental training sites on Oahu for hands-on training in the following areas: custodial, janitorial, or office clerical
• Willing to work part-time hours.

One of the current openings is at HCAP’s Central District Service Center in Halawa by the Aloha Stadium. If you are interested, please call the Honolulu Community Action Program at 521-4531 or the HCAP Central District Service Center at 488-6834.


HCAP Head Start Accepting Applications for the 2017-2018 School Year

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Are you or someone you know in need of comprehensive early childhood education? Spread the word! HCAP Head Start is now accepting applications for children 3-5 years for the 2017-2018 school year. Families are encouraged to apply by calling (808) 847-2400 or visiting our website.