Ready to Learn

Ready to Learn (RTL) provides keiki — Grades K-12 — across Hawai‘i with basic school supplies needed for their education.

Ready to Learn Logo-BlackNo child should go without basic supplies that make their educational experience productive. Many students prefer to skip classes instead of returning with last year’s used supplies and backpacks. They may feel ashamed for having to go without the basic supplies or experience being different from their peers. Without support and encouragement, these students may begin to fall behind in school or develop problematic behaviors that negatively impact their learning and progress.

Each year, RTL partners with social service agencies across Hawai‘i and generous donors from the community to help prepare thousands of local children for the upcoming school year.

In 1999, the late Senator Daniel and Maggie Inouye initiated the RTL program in collaboration with Helping Hands Hawai‘i. The program has become very successful over the years, and in 2005 Helping Hands Hawai‘i took over statewide administration of this initiative. With the support of many donors in the community, the program helps over 7,000 students statewide each year.

How Can I Help?

Individuals, groups or businesses can organize a School Supply Drive to help support RTL. For more information and for help getting started, please call (808) 440-3881 or email

To make a monetary donation, please click on the Donate Now link located on the right side of the website. All online donations received between June 1 – July 31, 2017 will support the RTL program.


How Are Supplies Distributed?

To receive supplies from RTL, public and private social service agencies submit applications for their clients based on verified needs. Agencies that typically refer clients for help from RTL include: Catholic Charities Hawai‘i, The Salvation Army, Child & Family Service, Parents & Children Together, Liliuokalani Trust, Hawai‘i Department of Health, Hawai‘i Department of Human Services and other reputable social service providers.

What Type of Supplies Are Needed?

RTL collects basic supplies, such as Crayons, Composition Books, Glue – 4 oz. Size, Kids Blunt Scissors, 3-Prong Portfolios, Spiral Notebooks – 1 Subject, Folder Paper – College or Wide-Rule, Pencils / Pens (Black or Blue), Rulers, Calculators and Backpacks.

Or a $10.00 donation can purchase the supplies needed to create one school supply kit for a child in need.


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