The Cooke Foundation will present three $5,000 awards — one elementary school, one middle school and one high school — that have completed projects that beautify their school environment and significantly enhance the schoolâ€™s overall appearance and ambiance. All public schools, including charter schools, in the state are eligible to apply.
â€œA beautiful environment at school is conducive to learning and encourages respect for oneâ€™s school, respect for others and respect for oneself,â€ said Lynne Johnson, Cooke Foundation trustee.
â€œI was inspired to witness the collaboration between students, faculty, staff and alumni as they transformed physical spaces into meaningful and beautiful works of art, through creative and innovative means,â€ said Gregory Wrenn, award coordinator for the Cooke Foundation.
The following criteria are required for all nominees:
- The project should demonstrate significant improvement in the schoolâ€™s appearance throughÂ better landscaping and/or improvement in the appearance of a schoolâ€™s buildings, throughÂ such things as childrenâ€™s artwork, murals, and gardens;
- The schoolâ€™s students, parents and faculty should have had an active role in the beautification project; and
- All projects should show a clear maintenance plan for the ongoing beautification of the Nominations being accepted for 2011 Cooke Beautification Award school, which must involve continued participation by the school community and/or outside organizations.
This is the fourth year the Cooke Foundation is awarding qualified schools with a beautification award. Previous Beautification Award recipients include Mokulele Elementary School, Washington Intermediate School, and Roosevelt High School on Oahu (2010); Prince Jonah Kuhio Elementary School on Oahu, Waimea Middle Public Conversion Charter School on Hawaii Island, and West Hawaii Explorations Academy also on Hawaii Island (2009); and S.W. King Intermediate School on Oahu, Lahainaluna High School on Maui, and Innovations Public Charter School on the Big Island.
â€œWe are very fortunate to have been the recipient of the Cooke Foundation Beautification Award but more importantly, it has fostered a school community spirit in continuing to create a beautiful art-based learning environment for our students,â€ said Ann A. Mahi, President Theodore Roosevelt High School principal. â€œWe are excited as we plan our next project with our teachers, students and alumni and community members and thank the Cooke Foundation for this wonderful opportunity.â€
Nomination forms can be obtained through the Cooke Foundation website at www.cookefdn.org. Nominations must be submitted to the Cooke Foundation, c/o the Hawaiâ€˜i Community Foundation by September 1, 2011.
About Cooke Foundation
Established in 1920, the Cooke Foundation, Limited supports worthy endeavors in the community that the family feels will make a significant difference in the betterment and welfare of the people of Hawaiâ€˜i. Hawaiâ€˜i Community Foundation is the Cooke Foundationâ€™s grants administrator.
About Hawai`i Community Foundation
With 95 years of community service, the Hawai`i Community Foundation has become the leading philanthropic institution in the state. Having a presence that stretches across all the islands and a reach covering a broad array of fields, the Foundation works with individuals, families, foundations, businesses and organizations to transform lives and improve Hawaiâ€˜iâ€™s communities. In 2010, the Foundation provided more than $32 million in grants and contracts throughout Hawai’i on behalf of its clients and funds.