Community briefs for December 15


Arc of Hilo gets $2,000 grant

The Arc of Hilo is the recipient of a $2,000 grant from the Fredrick Yokoyama Fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation in support of “Teens in Transition,” a program that focuses on high school teens with special needs.

This program gives students the opportunity to overcome personal barriers to employment and self-sufficiency. Participants are mentored and guided in their learning/work stages as they transition into the workforce. The funds will go to support students in their initial employment training phase.

With more than 3,600 special needs students reported in 2011, this teen initiative is critical to addressing the needs of island youth.

Castillo No. 1 in Hoop Shoot

St. Joseph Elementary School fifth-grader Bobby Castillo placed first in the Boys 10-11 Division of the Hilo Elks Club Hoop Shoot Contest held Dec. 8 in Hilo. He now goes on to compete in the Elks Club state competition on Oahu, according to Ann Wilson, physical education teacher at St. Joseph.

Other students who placed in the contest were: Jakob Au, second place in the Boys 12-13 Division; Titus Liu, second place in the Boys 10-11 Division; Paul Isotani, second place in the Boys 8-9 Division; and Maile Brilhante, second place in the Girls 10-11 Division.

Marine Corps League meeting

The Camp Tarawa Detachment No. 1255 of the Marine Corps League invites the public to join members of the detachment and their spouses at its meeting today at Banjy’s Bar and Grill in the Waikoloa Village Golf Course. A no-host luncheon social will begin at 11:30 a.m. Chat with special guest Joan Ellis of New Zealand, who has written two books about the Marines in the 2nd Marine Division who trained in New Zealand before the Battle of Tarawa.

After Tarawa, these men were brought to Waimea to prepare for the assaults on Saipan, Tinian and Okinawa. Ellis will speak at the 1 p.m. business meeting about the progress she has made to honor the memories of the Marines in New Zealand.

Donations of non-perishable food items are welcomed for the Food Pantry in Waimea.

 

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