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Resilient Communities, Schools and Families Partnership – December 2021

Aloha,

As the end of 2021 nears, we hope this newsletter finds you and your loved ones safe, happy, and healthy. Schools, communities, and families have had to deal with the disruption of recent severe weather, water contamination, and power outages, adding stress and uncertainty on top of the ongoing pandemic. We are indeed like the ʻaʻaliʻi plant, strong, resilient and adaptable through all of these challenges. We urge community members to look out for each other during this time of need, but also take time to celebrate the holiday season and our shared resilience in the way that best suits you.

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Resilient Communities, Schools and Families Partnership – October 2021

Aloha,

The last year and half has been challenging for kids and families.

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated existing stressors, meaning that many students have experienced some level of trauma. Schools are a beacon of hope, and the Resilient Communities, Schools and Families (RCSF) Partnership is a collaborative initiative that works with a cohort of Title I public schools (Mountain View El., Waiʻanae El., Pāʻia El., Hōnaunau El., and Blanche Pope El.) to drive innovation through transforming schools into holistic Community Schools with strengthened community partnerships, trauma sensitive practices, and wrap-around services. The project uplifts keiki and ʻohana through the care of a supportive community as they navigate the unpredictability of life.

Today’s newsletter is the first of a monthly series that will share updates from RCSF, including reflections, bright spots, and calls to action. Our newsletter today will spotlight Waiʻanae El., and we hope these regular updates help to lift your spirits.