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"Be Pono" video contest winners inspire attendance


Windward District schools and students participated in the "Be Pono — Be in School" video campaign to encourage student attendance and on-time arrivals, which are key factors in student achievement and graduation rates. Categories included best videos by individuals, groups and schools, and included Windward schools from Waimanalo to Sunset Beach. Sixty videos were submitted; here are the winners.

About the contest

Nearly $10,000 in cash and prizes were up for grabs in the Windward District's attendance-campaign video contest, organized by seven Windward District social workers. The fun competition tackles the serious issue of chronic absences through student-made videos. Sponsors include Matson Foundation, Hawaii Meth Project, HMSA, McDonald’s of Fort Street Mall, One Stop Windows & Doors, Bishop Museum, and Safeways and Times Supermarkets.

Students from kindergarten through 12th grade entered by creating half-minute videos conveying why it’s pono, or right and good, to attend school daily, arrive on time and stay there. Prizes include $1,750 cash; a class day at co-sponsor Sunset Ranch on the North Shore; a custom surfboard; one round of golf; surf or dance lessons; a pizza party; entertainment passes; dining certificates; original photography; and adventures at co-sponsor Kualoa Ranch.

“We’re helping many students think seriously about absences and tardiness, and their impact on their education,” said Paula Wong, campaign manager and district educational specialist. “The contest can help them value their education.”

Growing research shows that absences, which often start during the early years in school, contribute to significant lost classroom time and lessons, and can lead to a failure to graduate.

Group Video, 1st Place

"Pono vs Zono" — Aikahi Elementary 3rd grade Language Arts class. Prizes: Whole Foods pizza party; Safeway gift cards; Glow Putt Mini Golf passes.

Individual Video, 1st Place

"Freedom" — Katherine Graham, Kalaheo High School. View video in player, top of page.
Prize: customized surfboard, Hawaii Meth Project / Made in Hawaii Enterprises

School Video, 1st Place

"We're Here!" — Maunawili Elementary School. Prize: $1,000 cash.

Group Video, 2nd Place

Lunch Video Club, "Rewind" — King Intermediate School. Prizes: Sunset Ranch group outing, Papa John’s Pizza, Safeway gift cards.

Individual Video, 2nd Place

"Good Choice" — Cloe Christensen, Kalaheo High School. Prize: customized skateboard, Hawaii Meth Project / Made in Hawaii Enterprises.

School Video, 2nd Place

"One School's Opinion" — Sunset Beach Elementary School. Prize: $500 cash.

Group Video, 3rd Place

Lunch Video Club, "Be" — King Intermediate School. Prizes: Sunset Ranch group outing, Papa John’s Pizza, Safeway gift cards.

Individual Video, 3rd Place

"Welcome to My Library" — Jason Goldstein, Kalaheo High School. Prize: $100 Apple Store gift card.

School Video, 3rd Place

"Let's Be Pono" — Enchanted Lake Elementary School. Prize: $250 cash.

Contact Information

Jorene Barut

Phone: 808-233-5700

Email: Jorene_Barut@hawaiidoe.org

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