School playground equipment valued at more than $10,000 was delivered to elementary schools on Maui and Kaua'i last week, courtesy of a grant from the Alexander & Baldwin Foundation.
The equipment--which includes more than 600 balls, several hundred hula hoops, jump ropes, boundary markers and numerous other items--will be used exclusively in the Fun 5 program for elementary school children who participate in the state Department of Education's A-Plus afterschool program.
Fun 5 is a physical activity and nutrition program managed by Kaho'omiki, a Hawai'i-based, private, nonprofit organization. Afterschool providers who implement the program within A+ on Maui include the DOE, Maui Family YMCA and Kama'aina Kids.
More than 3,000 children in 20 elementary schools on Maui are Fun 5 participants.
A&B Senior Vice President Meredith Ching said, "A&B is pleased to support Maui's children and its schools by providing new fitness equipment for their playgrounds and after-school programs. We believe physical activity builds strong bodies and minds in our children, and creates healthy habits that can be both fun and lifelong."
This equipment was funded by a grant from the A&B Foundation, made possible by the business activities of Alexander & Baldwin's companies--including Matson, Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Company (HC&S), East Maui Irrigation Co. (EMI), Kahului Trucking & Storage (KT&S), A&B Properties and A&B Wailea--and its more than 800 Maui employees.
Maui elementary schools receiving equipment include Makawao Elementary, Kahului Elementary, Lihikai Elementary, Pa'ia Elementary, Waihe'e Elementary, Ha'iku.