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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                       May 16, 2006

 

 

SUMMER FUN  STUDENT AIDES GET PAY RAISE

           

            The City has restructured pay for Summer Fun student aides, which means many of them will receive 50 cents more per hour than they originally planned.

            The changes include creation of a new classification, to bring the total to three:

·       Student Aide I – Recreation, $7.50 per hour. This is the new classification. Applicants must be a high school graduate or equivalent and currently enrolled or planning to enroll in college in the next regular semester.

·       Student Aide II – Recreation, $8.00 per hour. Must have completed at least one year of college (24 credits) and currently enrolled or planning to enroll.

·       Student Aide III – Recreation, $9.00 per hour. Same as Student Aide II, and completed at least one summer as a student aide in the City Summer Fun program.

            Previously, student aides were required to have completed at least one year of college, and pay was $7.50 for new aides and $8.50 for those with previous experience. The pay hadn’t changed in years, and the number of applicants has dwindled in recent years.

            The City hires about 550 student aides each year to help with the Summer Fun program.  Hundreds of applications were received since the Department of Parks and Recreation said it needed more help filling those jobs a month ago. However, 48 student aide positions are still unfilled, primarily in Windward and West Oahu.

            On-line applications can be made for the student aide II and III positions at www4.honolulu.gov/cityhallonline/  Those interested in applying for Student Aide I may submit a hard copy application  to Department of Human Resources, 650 South King Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813, 10th floor. Copies of the application form may be obtained from the department or from City parks beginning Friday.

            Summer Fun is offered at 63 sites around Oahu, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. weekdays. With sufficient staffing, 10,000 children can be enrolled. There’s a registration fee of $25, which can be waived for children from low-income families, plus excursion and activity fees totaling less than $50. This year’s Summer Fun runs from June 13 through July 28.  

            Student aides’ duties include supervising children who have just completed any grade between kindergarten and sixth grade; planning and implementing lessons; teaching skills such as sports, arts and crafts, music and dance or Hawaiiana, and overseeing junior leaders, who are unpaid volunteers who are at least 13 years old and between seventh and 12th grade.

           

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Contact:

 

Ken Nakamatsu, Director of Human Resources, 523-4809

Lester Chang, Director of Parks and Recreation, 692-5585

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

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