The community is invited to help support our local teachers by making a tax-deductible contribution for a certificate or item at www.GOOTfund.com. There are no tickets to buy, no event to dress up for and drive to, and no elbow-to-elbow scrambling to bid on silent auction items. Unlike an auction, you can choose items from the comfort of your home.
“You won’t be bidding against anyone else,” said GOOT Chairwoman Lis Richardson. “So it’s best not to wait since there is no bidding against anyone else. The first to claim an item is the winner.”
The best strategy, she said, is to visit www.GOOTfund.com as early as possible and check back frequently to view new items that will be added as they become available.
(Left) Grow Your Own Teachers Chairperson Lis Richardson and (center) Kahului Rotary Club President Leslie Mullens presented (back row) Lehua Gardanier, (front row, left to right) Kathleen Layaoen, Ashley Lewis and Jasmyn Kaiwi each with $3,500 GOOT scholarships in January.
The fundraiser benefits local aspiring teachers as well as first-year teachers who have applied to the GOOT program for classroom grants.
The GOOT scholarship program answers the community need for quality education by seeking funds to support outstanding local student teachers who are committed to teaching on Maui when most other sources of financial aid have been exhausted.
“Dedicated local teachers trained on Maui are familiar with the children, the customs and the high cost of living on Maui,” said Richardson. “They typically have deep roots on Maui and will stay in our community for many years.”
In the program’s fourth term-year, there are eight local Maui teacher candidates who have applied to receive a financial award in December of 2011. The goal is to raise $20,000 this year.
So go online, choose items of interest and then use the contact form to make a tax-deductible pledge to GOOT. (Tri-Isle Resource Conservation and Development Council Inc., a 501(c)(3) entity, manages donations to GOOT.) Items include certificates for activities, personal and household services, lodging and restaurants. Also available are round-trip tickets for the Moloka‘i and Läna‘i ferries and opportunities for lunch with local dignitaries such as Sen. Roz Baker. Beautiful works of art for the home or office, an infrared two-burner grill, and even a live palm tree are some of the other treasures up for grabs.
“If you are the first to claim the item and your pledge is at least the minimum donation amount listed, the item will be yours!” said Richardson.
Then, a confirmation will be sent with details about how to pay. As soon as the pledge has been paid, arrangements will be made for pickup or delivery of the item, which will be removed from the list of available merchandise.
GOOT on Maui has awarded over $54,000 to 16 dedicated Maui teachers since 2009 through the generous contributions of community leaders, fundraisers and sponsorships. The 2010 program was supported with donations from the Wailea Community Association, Goodfellow Brothers, Kīhei Community Association, Rotary Club of Kahului, Rotary Club of Kīhei-Wailea, Matteo’s Pizzaria Restaurant and the Dorvin Leis Company.