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What can you do to help achieve our 55 by ’25 goal?

Pledge to do one of more of the following:

Pre-K: Birth to Pre-School

  • Read to your child 20 minutes every day.
  • Create fun, learning games at home; i.e. naming shapes, colors, letters, etc.
  • Encourage curiosity and passion for learning by discussing things your child is interested in and asking them open-ended questions.
  • Ensure your child has access to a wide variety of books and non-electronic toys.
  • Provide your child with opportunities to interact with other children their age.
  • Research college savings plans. It’s never too early to start saving for your child’s college education.
  • Support The Good Beginnings Alliance at: http://bemyvoicehawaii.org

Elementary School: Kindergarten to 5th Grade

  • Read with your child an extra 15 minutes per day.
  • Make sure your child goes to school rested and ready and has a healthy breakfast.
  • Create fun, learning games at home such as counting cans, measuring ingredients and telling time.
  • Get to know your child’s teacher.
  • Help out in the classroom, see if your child’s teacher needs a room parent, or offer to be a special guest at your child’s classroom where you can share something special about yourself.
  • Get involved and volunteer at your child’s school, join the PTO or PTSA.
  • Go to school meetings and events.
  • Begin a family tradition at dinnertime to eat together and answer questions like:
    • What was the best part of today? Why?
    • What was the toughest part of today? Why?
  • Reach out to other parents and look for opportunities to get to know the parents of your child’s classmates.
  • Research college savings plans.

Middle School: 6th Grade to 8th Grade

  • Get to know your child’s teachers and ask how their classes fit into your child’s goal of going to college.
  • Find out about homework assignments and school tests, and make sure your child is keeping up.
  • Help your child explore their interests through books, visits to places of interest, and extra curricular activities like clubs and community organizations.
  • Talk to your child about school, what they are learning, their activities and friends.
  • Give your child a quiet place to study and do homework.
  • Help your child develop organizational skills, provide them with a schedule planner and help them prioritize homework by deadline and the amount of time required to complete an assignment.
  • Check your child’s homework, but don’t do it for them.
  • Get involved and volunteer at your child’s school, join the PTO or PTSA.
  • Talk to your child about different high school and college options.
  • Get involved and volunteer at your child’s school, join the PTO or PTSA.
  • Begin a family tradition at dinnertime to eat together and answer questions like:
    • What was the best part of today? Why?
    • What was the toughest part of today? Why?
  • Go to school meetings and events.
  • Contribute to a college savings plan.

High School: 9th Grade to 12th Grade

College

  • Help your child create a budget, and assist them with managing their budget.
  • Give your child their space and the freedom to make informed decisions about what classes to take and what student clubs or organizations to join.
  • Find out about campus resources that are available to your child, as well as parents.
  • Talk to your child about volunteering in the community and seeking internship positions in their field of interest.
  • Familiarize yourself with your child’s graduation requirements and deadlines and help your child plan for post-college.
  • Encourage your child to make a plan to graduate on time, whether they are attending a 2- or 4-year college. Taking 15 credits per semester will put them on track.

There are many more things you can do to help achieve our 55 by ’25 goal.

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