Cherisse Wong ’22 has won a Kokua Foundation Hawaii Youth Sustainability Grant - the second year in a row a student has received one for our school! Her project aims to reduce plastic waste at St. Andrew's Schools and continue the school garden project with the eventual goal of connecting our school cafeteria to use produce grown at school.
"The name of my initiative is Mālama ‘Āina at the Priory which comprises two projects, Māla ʻAi Pono and Aloha ʻĀina," explains Wong. "Māla ʻAi Pono (means nourishing food garden) is a gardening project which will teach younger students (Priory Lower School this year and Prep students next school year) about plastic consumption and how to make self-watering planters from recycled plastic bottles. This project aims to encourage students to grow their own products and promote a love for gardening. Aloha ʻĀina (means love of the land) is a reusable utensil project which will prepare our school community for Ordinance 19-30 and reduce the school’s plastic utensil consumption by providing students and faculty a bamboo spork that was donated by the Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation."
The campus gardens have flourished this year thanks to the $500 mini grant Kayin Bohnet ’22 won last fall from Youth For Oʻahu, an organization whose community collaborations provide a springboard for youth to pursue service through their community and civic engagement.
Pictured below are students constructing a self-watering system out of plastic bottles in the school gardens and slides from Wong's Zoom presentation at the January 14th assembly.