Public schools eligible for $5,000 beautification awards

Roosevelt High School Three $5,000 awards from the Cooke Foundation are currently available to Hawaii public schools with completed beautification projects.

The Cooke Foundation will present three $5,000 awards — one elementary school, one middle school and one high school — that have completed projects that beautify their school environment and significantly enhance the school’s overall appearance and ambiance. All public schools, including charter schools, in the state are eligible to apply.

“A beautiful environment at school is conducive to learning and encourages respect for one’s school, respect for others and respect for oneself,” said Lynne Johnson, Cooke Foundation trustee.

“I was inspired to witness the collaboration between students, faculty, staff and alumni as they transformed physical spaces into meaningful and beautiful works of art, through creative and innovative means,” said Gregory Wrenn, award coordinator for the Cooke Foundation.

The following criteria are required for all nominees:

  • The project should demonstrate significant improvement in the school’s appearance through better landscaping and/or improvement in the appearance of a school’s buildings, through such things as children’s artwork, murals, and gardens;
  • The school’s students, parents and faculty should have had an active role in the beautification project; and
  • All projects should show a clear maintenance plan for the ongoing beautification of the Nominations being accepted for 2011 Cooke Beautification Award school, which must involve continued participation by the school community and/or outside organizations.

This is the fourth year the Cooke Foundation is awarding qualified schools with a beautification award. Previous Beautification Award recipients include Mokulele Elementary School, Washington Intermediate School, and Roosevelt High School on Oahu (2010); Prince Jonah Kuhio Elementary School on Oahu, Waimea Middle Public Conversion Charter School on Hawaii Island, and West Hawaii Explorations Academy also on Hawaii Island (2009); and S.W. King Intermediate School on Oahu, Lahainaluna High School on Maui, and Innovations Public Charter School on the Big Island.

“We are very fortunate to have been the recipient of the Cooke Foundation Beautification Award but more importantly, it has fostered a school community spirit in continuing to create a beautiful art-based learning environment for our students,” said Ann A. Mahi, President Theodore Roosevelt High School principal. “We are excited as we plan our next project with our teachers, students and alumni and community members and thank the Cooke Foundation for this wonderful opportunity.”

Nomination forms can be obtained through the Cooke Foundation website at Nominations must be submitted to the Cooke Foundation, c/o the Hawai‘i Community Foundation by September 1, 2011.

About Cooke Foundation

Established in 1920, the Cooke Foundation, Limited supports worthy endeavors in the community that the family feels will make a significant difference in the betterment and welfare of the people of Hawai‘i. Hawai‘i Community Foundation is the Cooke Foundation’s grants administrator.

About Hawai`i Community Foundation

With 95 years of community service, the Hawai`i Community Foundation has become the leading philanthropic institution in the state. Having a presence that stretches across all the islands and a reach covering a broad array of fields, the Foundation works with individuals, families, foundations, businesses and organizations to transform lives and improve Hawai‘i’s communities. In 2010, the Foundation provided more than $32 million in grants and contracts throughout Hawai’i on behalf of its clients and funds.

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