"My favorite part of the visit was when I got to touch a real asteroid." Shea, Parker Lower School
HILO — UH Hilo's ʻImiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaiʻi received an $8,000 donation from the Tokyu Foundation in support of the Adopt-A-Visit Field Trip Program at ʻImiloa. The gift will fund field trip costs to the Center for Hawaiʻi Island students.
At a time when local schools face challenges securing funding to augment the science and math education taught in their classrooms, the Adopt-A-Visit program makes it possible for these lessons to come alive for Big Island students. The program subsidizes visits by local classes to ʻImiloa, underwriting admission and transportation for the keiki.
"We are grateful for the generous gift from the Tokyu Foundation to support the Adopt-a -Visit program," said ʻImiloa's Executive Director Ka'iu Kimura. "This donation allows our local schools access to ʻImiloa's informal science education programs that help enrich teachers' curriculums and creates an educational learning experience children will remember for the rest of their lives."
The Adopt-a-Visit program was established in 2008 with the ambitious goal of giving every student on Hawaiʻi Island a field trip of discovery at ʻImiloa. A generous grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation subsidized transportation, admission, and lunch for K-12 Hawaiʻi Island students' visits to ʻImiloa. Energized by the generosity of the Moore Foundation and the momentum it generated, the Hawaiʻi Island community, observatories, businesses, and transportation partners joined in with their own financial support. Their contributions were matched on a 2:1 basis by the Moore Foundation. To broaden the impact and extend the experience into community households, each visiting child was given an "ʻImiloa ʻOhana Visit Pass" to take home so they could bring their families for a visit at a later time.
Four years and 35,000 student field trips later, the program continues to serve as a dramatic manifestation of the wisdom "It takes a community to raise a child."
To support the Adopt-a-Visit program at ʻImiloa, call the ʻImiloa Development Office at (808) 969-9732 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also make a gift online to the Education Fund at ʻImiloa in support of the program - visit www.imiloahawaii.org/donate