On Saturday, September 24th KDWT worked with the Clarence Youth Bureau at the Clarence Hollow Scarecrow Festival. Together they helped with pumpkin decoration, making a scarecrow, face painting and helped to get kids to share their thoughts on what kindness means to them.
KDWT Ambassador Catherine read to kids around the Island of Oahu during the month of August and early September. She shared the importance of reading everyday and everywhere. Below: Catherine read to kids on the east side of the island at Koko Head HS. Just as the story was getting exciting, an alarm went off that cut story time. No worries! Catherine plans to return again, with another cool story to read with the kids. GO! READ Koko Head
Catherine read to kids on the West side of Oahu, heading towards the North Shore, to Wailua and Kunia Head Start programs. The kids were very good listeners. GO! READ Wailua & Kunia
Catherine read to Mokapu El 2nd Graders and KMCB HS on the Windward side. She read to kids Kaewai, Puuhale EL and KPT PACT kids in Kalihi. While on the Leeward Coast, she read to Kaimiloa EL HS and Waipahu Community HS and Kaimiloa HS.
With our GO! READ project, Catherine dedicated part of her summer to promoting literacy. She helped to prep and organize book distributions. She also read to over 500 kids since the beginning of the 2016. She hopes to expand her reach and read to more kids on the other Hawaiian Islands and to kids in New York. Great Job Catherine! GO! READ
KDWT ambassadors helped to deliver 100 books to the St. Lawrence Children's Clinic in Buffalo on Wednesday, August 31st. The clinic has been a recipient of free books from Ohana100 for the past 2 years. GO! READ St. Lawrence Kids
On Sunday, August 21st KDWT Ambassadors celebrated National Senior Citizens Day with Ilima at Leihano seniors. To celebrate this special day, KDWT Ambassadors presented each Senior Citizen with a fresh flower lei. There was a solo guitarist, singing and dancing. Staff at Ilima joined in on the dance too.
On Thursday, August 18th KDWT Ambassador Catherine traveled with the Ohana100 Team to the island of Kauai. Kauai Child & Family Services Program and King Kaumualii Elementary were the first recipients on the Island to receive books from Ohana100. KDWT Ambassador read to 100 2nd=graders at Kaumualii. GO! READ Kaumualii 2nd Graders
KDWT Ambassador Catherine continues the distribution of books to the Mary Jane House (MJ House) and PACT- Big Island for the second year, visiting the programs on August 17.
MJ House does a lot for mothers and their young child. Books and reading provides comfort for many of them. GO! READ MJ House
Big Island PACT provides support to children in Puna, Hilo, Keaau, Mt. View, Hawaiian Beaches, all over the island. KPT staff helped to ship books over the them. Thank you KPT Staff and GO! READ Big Island PACT
On Wednesday August 17th volunteers visited the Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo (WCHOB). Over 100 books were donated for the children. Volunteers stamped books in preparation for the visit and senior volunteer Sally read to the young patients. GO! READ WCHOB
MAUI & MOLOKAI/LANAI
On Monday, August 15th KDWT helped to prepare books for Maui, Molokai and Lanai kids. KDWT Ambassador Catherine made sure that the books were in possession of volunteer pilot Mr. Joe at the Honolulu International Airport. She helped to get the books into his hanger. Thank You Mr. Joe for being part of our Ohana100 Team and helping to get books to kids on the neighbor islands!
On Wednesday, August 11th Kalakaua MS jump started the school year and rallied their kids to get excited about reading with their AR Program. Mr. Hamilton ignited the room with the reading battle between grade levels. For the 2nd year, Ohana100 has provided free new books to help support their AR program. As part of our GO! READ Challenge students that showed improvement and excelled were recognized and awarded with two books each. Keep up the great work! GO! READ Kalakaua MS
KDWT ambassadors spent the afternoon at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific honoring and remembering those who served and sacrificed their lives for our country. Punchbowl Crater is where over 53,000 WWI, WWII, Korean War and Vietnam War Veterans and dependents lay to rest. It was a special day!!!
ABOVE: All the kids placed flowers on the UNKNOWN, graves of young children, the stone dedicated to the 100th Infantry Battalion/442nd Regimental Combat Team and flowers on the UNKNOWN who died on the U.S.S. CALIFORNIA and those on the U.S.S. ARIZONA on December 7, 1941.
BELOW: KDWT Ambassador Catherine visited the graves of her great grandparents who served in WWI, WWII and other world conflicts.
Thank You to Aunty Rexy for donating flowers for this special visit!!!!
KDWT was awarded August Club of the Month by the national generationOn. KDWT was recognized for all their hard work in servicing our communities in Hawaii, New York and Internationally. Congratulations to all KDWT Ambassadors for making a difference in cleaning our communities and for helping our senior citizens and our children! YOU ROCK! THANKS FOR MAKING YOUR MARK ON THE WORLD! YOU MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE!!!
Ohana100 Adult and Youth (KDWT Ambassadors) volunteers met to plan for Fall activities for the new school year. KDWT stamped books for upcoming Fall Book Givings in Hawaii.
On Wednesday, June 8th, 2016 3rd Graders at Miss Vision's Class at Westminister Charter school were gifted with free books to take home for the summer. The students helped Ohana100 to write letters for kids in Cuba about what its like to live in Buffalo. Thank you Ms. Vision's 3rd Graders for contributions! GO! READ Westminster
On Saturday, June 4th, 2016 KDWT Ambassadors brought awareness to their local community by discussing ways on how they could protect the oceans and sharing what will do to keep our oceans clean, part of celebrating June 8th World Oceans Day.
On Saturday, June 4th, 2016 Ohana100 awarded Orleans Outreach Center in Jefferson County with 200 new books to gift to the children they service in the community. The center has been operating since 1989 and functions as a food pantry and clothing room. It is solely managed by volunteers. KDWT Ambassadors Catherine Mattson and Amelia Lovell helped to deliver books.
KDWT WNY made posters, cards and flowers for our veterans and remembered those who sacrificed their lives. Personal stars were made to honor veterans and to also to remember those lost. Members also attended the Clarence Memorial Day Parade and showed the Veterans how much they care.
On the morning of Saturday, April 23rd KDWT ambassadors cleaned up Houghton Park as part of Earth Day project. This annual Spring Shoreline Sweep was coordinated by Buffalo Niagara River Keepers program. The team worked very hard and did a great job in clearing the area. GO! GREEN
On Wednesday, April 20th KDWT Ambassadors helped to distribute over 500 books for the Mount St. Mary's Hospital Mommy & Baby Expo and for the children born at the hospital. The volunteers were treated to a tour of the newly renovated Maternity and Lactation Unit. The dedicated and caring staff works hard to make sure that each mother and child have a comfortable and nurturing experience. Ohana100 is appreciative of this partnership and especially being able to help a mother and child get an early head start on reading. GO! READ MT ST. MARY'S HOSPITAL
On Saturday, April 9th KDWT West Oahu did some spring cleaning and baked goods. They coordinated a garage sale to raise funds for the purchase books for kids in need.
KDWT Ambassador Catherine helped to distribute books and shared the joy of reading with her new friend Barbara. Filled with excitement, Barbara said that Corduroy was her favorite book and she was very happy that the book was in both Spanish and English.