Tsutsui Stresses Importance of After-School Programs

Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui (right) speaks with Iao Intermediate School staff and student body representatives, including student body Vice President Noah Jordan Magbual, about after-school programs. Curriculum Coordinator Lara Whitefield and other staff members Monday presented current after-school program options to Tsutsui, including the federally funded Uniting Peer Learning Integrating New Knowledge program and the grant-funded Promoting Academic Students Success program.

The intervention programs help students to build skills and to avoid pitfalls such as teen pregnancy, said Whitefield. Tsutsui, a native of Maui whose 8th-grade daughter, Mikayla, serves as treasurer at the school, said he spoke with Gov. Neil Abercrombie and is working with Department of Education Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi to create a general framework for funding the programs.

“If there was an area we might be lacking in, it would be after-school programs at middle schools,” he said to a room of about a dozen people. “We want to enhance initiatives already happening and not cross our fingers for federal funding.”

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