Kapolei Elementary Kids Are Raising $25,000 For Shade

Keep an eye out for an email on behalf of your favorite K-through-5th grader. Kapolei Elementary students and their families are raising money for a much-needed permanent shade structure over part of the school field.

Kapolei Elementary is 25 years old, and for all 25 years, KES students gathering outdoors have done so with no relief from the blazing west side sun.

A shade structure would provide an oasis when the sun’s too much, a more comfortable spot for assemblies, and a place to cool down for kids who overdid it playing tag.

But shade ain’t cheap. For example, the new shade structure at Ka Makana Ali ‘i cost $350,000.

Kapolei Elementary’s won’t be as elaborate, but they’re still facing at least a $45,000 price tag.

The students are taking matters into their own hands, with help from community supporters. Naiʻa ʻOhana, the parent organization at Kapolei Elementary, is organizing a Superhero Fun Run to help raise $25K this year, and hopefully the other half next year.

Participating kids will go one lap around the school, in their favorite superhero attire. It’s not a race: Kids can skip, crab walk, or sprint-as long as they finish in 15 minutes.

The kids who raise the most money will be the real winners. The top fundraiser wins an Apple iPad, the runner-up a Nintendo 3DS. Any student who raises at least $35 will win something. The per-student goal is $75.

Local business owners can win recognition-by becoming sponsors of the event. Corporate sponsorship starts at $250, which includes a logo on the fun run and recognition on Naiʻa ʻOhana social media channels. A $500 sponsorship secures both benefits, plus a mention in the newsletter. Contact kesnaiaohana@gmail.com for more information.

The fun run is Monday, November 5, so that email should be coming soon.