Congratulations to Melanie Nakashima, Teacher Leader
from Kekaulike High School on Maui!
Farmer's Insurance Hawaii Representative Bill Doherty with Melanie Nakashima
This year, RTI Coordinator, Melanie Nakashima, opened the Na Ali'i School Store for students at King Kekaulike High School. Ann Marie Walker and her Workplace Readiness students help run the store every Wednesday at lunch. The store does not accept cash. Students can earn Na Ali'i Kala by going above & beyond and demonstrating good behavior as evidenced by The Na Ali'i Way & Nā Hopena A‵o (HĀ): Breath posters found in classrooms and around school. Students can trade in cards for items costing one card up to 15 cards. This store is funded solely by donations and fundraising contributed by the KKHS Best Buddies Chapter. Donations for the school store have come from KKHS families, KKHS Staff & their families, PTSA, Pukalani Superette, Target, Kaanapali Beach Hotel Chef Tom and more.
Melanie had written a proposal under Farmers Thank America’s Teachers in September and was bummed when the school did not get enough votes to be one of the winners for the $2,500 award that would help fund the school store. So, it came as a complete surprise in December when she was presenting at a staff meeting data on the school store and Bill Doherty from Farmers Insurance Hawaii stepped up and presented a check for $2,000 on behalf of Melanie Nakashima for the Na Ali'i School Store. This money will go a long way in helping fund our store for students and we couldn't be happier that Farmers Insurance Hawaii wanted to donate money to neighbor island schools and selected our proposal!!! Thank you Farmers Insurance!!!