Waimea Resource Fair slated for Wednesday

The public is invited to the second “We Are Community!” Resource Fair from 5-7 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 4, at Waimea Middle School’s new STEAM Learning Center.

The event is free and all are welcome to this casual gallery walk of caring supports and resources for students, families, kupuna and the wider community.

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There will be Blue Zone-friendly snacks, bingo with prizes for children, a drawing for used Chromebooks and a free bag of groceries to take home.

The idea as WMS Principal Janice English began to brainstorm how to better connect Waimea Middle and Elementary Schools and the wider community with the many helpful services available on Hawaii Island.

Everyone who comes will be given a passport to be stamped as they stroll from station to station with a reward of groceries-to-go from Hawaii Island Food Basket. Each station along the gallery walk will have information to share – such as tips on safe use of social media to the Blue Zones Project’s Power 9 strategies for living longer and better, plus information about reading programs and technology services at Thelma Parker Memorial Library.

Also, American Association of Retired Persons volunteers will be available to schedule free tax preparation help.

There will be help available to apply for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) and signing up for MEDQUEST for free or low cost medical insurance. Also on hand will be experts to talk about what to do if you or a family member needs a physician, or if you know of someone experiencing loss or having thoughts about suicide.

No RSVP is required and there’s plenty of parking near the new STEAM Learning Center on the south (Maunakea) side of the middle school campus.

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Attendees may enter campus via the back gate near Kahilu Theatre or the main entry and drive to the building, parking along the entry drive and fire lane. Please don’t block access along the fire lane and don’t drive on the field to protect sprinklers.

For information, call Patti Cook at Waimea Middle School, 937-2833.

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