Political Radar
REACHing out
June 17th, 2013

Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui is getting some help in his effort to increase after-school programs for middle school students.

The nonprofit Honolulu Professionals Foundation has scheduled a fundraiser Sunday to support the initiative known as the Resources for Enrichment, Athletics, Culture and Health initiative, or R.E.A.C.H.

The fundraiser is set for 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Pagoda Restaurant in Kaheka. Tickets are $75 prior to June 20  and $90 after.

Musical acts scheduled to appear include Hoʻaikane, Anuhea, Weldon Kekauoha, Micah G, MânoaDNA, Jon Yamasato, Funkshun, RKSB and Kama Kakaio.

Tsutsui, in a news release on Monday, said:

“Middle and intermediate school students have been left out of organized after-school programs for a long time. R.E.A.C.H. has been created to fill that void by enriching our children’s lives in a supervised safe, educational and fun environment. I hope everyone comes to support this worthy program."

The R.E.A.C.H. initiative aims to better prepare middle school students for high school and beyond through a variety of programs and activities outside of regular instructional hours. Activities would be in the areas of academics, arts and culture, and athletics.

Tsutsui has said he would like to have a pilot program introduced in a handful of schools by the start of 2014. Lawmakers and other policy leaders say it could be modeled after the fee-based After School Plus (A+) program in elementary schools.

One Response to “REACHing out”

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