HCAP Weekly May 28, 2018

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SCSEP Participant Achieves Stability
STEM Students Show Off Exhibits, Projects During Family Nights
2018 Ready to Learn School Supply Drive Begins
Windward District Service Center Staff Collaborate with HCAP Head Start
HCAP Head Start Accepting Applications for the 2018-2019 School Year


SCSEP Participant Achieves Stability

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Ronald enrolled in the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) in May 2014. As mentioned in a Weekly story last year, Ronald had been his brother’s main caregiver. Following his brother’s passing, Ronald became depressed and ultimately ended up homeless. After careful assessment, Ronald was placed at the City & County Blaisdell Park as a groundskeeper. He enjoyed his site assignment and found great satisfaction interacting with parkgoers.

After several years of obtaining Social Security work credits as a SCSEP participant, Ronald is happy to say that he now qualifies for and receives monthly Social Security Benefits. More importantly, Ronald is no longer homeless – he currently rents a room at a friend’s house. By securing stable employment, he was able to save some of his earnings and pay for rent. As Ronald exits SCSEP this month, he now has a reliable stream of income and a permanent place to call home. Ronald has finally achieved the stability he had been seeking for many years.


STEM Students Show Off Exhibits, Projects During Family Nights

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Family Nights for the Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After School Program, a 21st Century Community Learning Center, were held in the month of May. Each STEM Exploration Center hosted families who came to hear about the latest projects and work created by STEM students. The students shared the latest projects and work they created from the Full Option Science System (FOSS) Matter and Motion kit and the VeggieU curriculum.

Beyond FOSS and VeggieU, students from various STEM Exploration Centers also presented other STEM projects. At the Palolo STEM Exploration Center, the students explained, step by step, how to solve a problem using the engineering design process. The Central STEM students delved into the principles of food chemistry and baked a pie. The Windward STEM students delighted families by performing a play they had written and adapted from the book, The Day the Crayons Quit.


2018 Ready to Learn School Supply Drive Begins

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The application process for the Helping Hands Hawaii 2018 Ready to Learn School Supply Drive has begun at HCAP’s District Service Centers. The program offers low-income families with school aged children a starter kit of basic school supplies. Each year many low-income children begin their first day of school with no school supplies, which make it very difficult for students to be successful in school. This program is crucial to families who are barely making ends meet each month. Families can now submit an application at their nearest HCAP District Service Center. The kits will be available for pickup sometime in July before school begins.


Windward District Service Center Staff Collaborate with HCAP Head Start

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In an effort to build a stronger partnership between HCAP Head Start and the District Service Centers, the Windward District Service Center have been closely working with HCAP Head Start Family Advocates on a weekly basis. Windward District Service Center staff have been attending weekly Head Start classroom meetings to keep families informed about the current programs and services that HCAP provides throughout Oahu. HCAP Head Start staff, in turn, have been attending various Windward District Service Center events, including the Ohana Produce Food Distribution in May, to help promote Head Start preschool enrollment.


HCAP Head Start Accepting Applications for the 2018-2019 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 2018-2019 school year. Families are encouraged to apply by calling (808) 847-2400 or visiting our website.