Hope for a New Beginning 3Rs Fair

Tech Together - (Mon) August 4, 2014

Our Tech Together program in collaboration with our Ka Pa‘alana program fostered a partnership this year in its efforts to reach underrepresented communities. The two programs were able to join forces and service the Hope for a New Beginning Shelter located in Kapolei.

Members of this shelter, which provides temporary housing/transitioning for the houseless, were given an opportunity to attend classes facilitated by the Tech Together Staff. They engaged in a modified lesson plan focused on renewable energy.

For 3 weeks, Tech Together educated students from ages 4-13 on methods of saving, renewing and generating new sources of energy. They engaged in hands on projects that reinforced the lesson for that particular day.

In the end, they were also able to create a 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle) project of their own. These projects would later be judged at the 3Rs fair hosted by both Ka Pa‘alana and Tech Together teams. The 3rs fair took place on the grounds on the Hope for New Beginning Shelter.

The 3Rs fair was a great success. Tech Together program gave out special prizes for the best 3Rs project which consist of 5 places 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4thand 5th place.

The community was also provided with lunch. There were 5 different raffles consisting of various goodies that were also given out as an incentive to participate in the event. Each participant also received a Tech Together goodie bag just for attending the event.

Tech Together also provided the shelter with various schools supplies such as rulers, notebooks, pencils, pens, erasers etc. These were given to Ka Pa‘alana staff to distribute at their discretion with the emphasis on serving under privileged students. The Ka Pa‘alana staff put a wish list together and Tech Together has helped to provide some of the things listed on this list.

The Tech Together/Ka Pa‘alana staff accomplished its goal to reach this underrepresented community. We hope to keep this partnership for future Summers to come.