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Cohick awarded Boynton Education Grant, $1,500

KOKE‘E — The David Spalding Boynton Educational Grant for $1,500 was awarded recently to St. Catherine School math and science teacher Drew Cohick, for his project, “Waste Not, Want Not.”

Cohick’s project focuses on increasing student awareness on their overall impact on the island environment. This awareness is accomplished with analysis, assessment and focus on the reduction of the school’s overall use of electricity and reduction of waste production.

The David Spalding Boynton Educational Grant was established in memory of David S. Boynton and is administered by the Koke‘e Discovery Center Association.

Boynton was an educator, author, photographer and advocate for the protection of the environment in Hawai‘i, specifically on Kaua‘i. He served as the resource teacher for the Koke‘e Discovery Center from 1995 until 2007.

In his position, he educated many about the natural treasures found in the native forest of the islands.

The purpose of this educational grant is to support educators and students with projects, programs and a vision that aligns with that of his life’s work.

The Koke‘e Discovery Center Association was incorporated in 1995 to help the Koke‘e Discovery Center programs by seeking funding and financial support for its educational curricula to enhance the awareness and appreciation of the Native Hawaiian ecosystems.

The center is managed by the state Department of Education and partnership with original founders and operational supporters of the center, the Hau‘oli Mau Loa Foundation. Each year, KDC welcomes a variety of education-based groups including public, private and charter schools. Each year, over 50 groups and well over 1,000 individuals experience the KDC.

It’s been nearly 30 years since the center was built. KDCA is funding some much-needed improvements and upgrades of the buildings, the kitchen counters and cabinets, and upgrades of the flooring and shower stalls.
Source: The Garden Island

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