HONOLULU — Lt. Governor Shan Tsutsui hosted a workshop for middle and intermediate school principals, administrators and teachers whose schools are part of the R.E.A.C.H. (Resources for Enrichment, Athletics, Culture and Health) Initiative. Those who participated help implement quality after-school programs with R.E.A.C.H. grant funding at their schools. Best practices, data collection, grant management and the role and future of after-schools program as an extension of classroom learning were among the topics discussed.
Nearly 5,000 middle and intermediate public school students at 28 schools across the State are part of the initiative this year.
R.E.A.C.H.’s mission is to ensure all public school students in grades 6 to 8 receive the academic and community-based support they need to stay on track toward high school graduation by engaging them in a broad-base of programs and activities, outside of regular instructional hours, in the areas of academic enrichment, arts and culture, and athletics.
Studies have shown that after-school programs not only keep students safe and engaged in learning, but also help improve their academic performance, school attendance, behavior and health.
Since the initiative was launched in 2013, 39 public middle/intermediate schools (including this year) from across the State have benefited from R.E.A.C.H. funding. To date, along with its partners in the business sector, the Initiative has awarded $2.25 million to middle and intermediate schools statewide.
For more information, please go to R.E.A.C.H.