KTA kicks off Kokua i Na Kula program


KTA Super Stores continues to make a difference in improving the educational experience of Hawaii Island students with its Kokua i Na Kula, Help the Schools, program. In its 21st year, Kokua i Na Kula provides schools with the opportunity to earn their share of $100,000 for capital improvements, beautification projects, school equipment and extra-curricular activities. More than $1.8 million has been provided to Hawaii Island schools through the program.

Between Aug. 6 and Sept. 16, KTA Super Stores shoppers will accumulate points for Hawaii Island schools by purchasing designated products from Kraft Foods, Kimberly-Clark, Quaker Foods, Gatorade, Hawaiian Sun, Frito-Lay, Pepsi, Dreyer’s, Nabisco, Banana Boat, Smucker’s, Hershey’s, Kellogg’s and Pint Size. One point will be awarded for each product purchased and added toward their favorite Hawaii Island school at checkout.

Students can earn extra points by participating in community service projects with The Food Basket, Hawaii Island Humane Society and Recycle Hawaii.

• The Food Basket — students will earn one extra Kokua i Na Kula point for their school for every donation of a canned food item

• Hawaii Island Humane Society — students will earn one extra Kokua i Na Kula point for their school with the donation of a pet supply, such as towel, treat or toy; students will earn five Kokua i Na Kula points per hour for volunteering (students younger than 16 must be accompanied by a chaperone in order to volunteer and complete a one-hour orientation course provided by the Hawaii Island Humane Society)

• Recycle Hawaii — students will earn one extra Kokua i Na Kula point for their school for Mylar recyclables, such as chip bags and candy wrappers.

Kokua i Na Kula is open to participating public and private schools serving students in kindergarten through 12th grades within the Hawaii School District and Hawaii Association of Independent Schools, and the program boasts 100 percent school participation. With a cap of $10,000 points per school, points will be totaled and calculated to determine what percentage of funds will be allocated to each school. Final Kokua i Na Kula point standings and percentages will be announced in November. The funds will be awarded in January.

For more information, visit KTA Super Stores or call Pearl Daimaru-Orozco at 959-4575, ext. 3313.