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Keaau Middle Track Program Facing Budget Crunch

Coach Arkin instructing her Green Wave Flock

Keaau Middle School Track & Field Under Budget Axe

When 41 kids show up for track practice during the Christmas break you know you have a good program.

The Keaau Middle School track and field team, which competes in the Parks & Recreation League, is in its 18th season under head coach and KMS physical education teacher, Randee Arkin.

KMS tracksters working on warmup drills

Arkin is carrying a total of 64 youngsters on her roster which give kids an exposure to organized sport while providing a healthy exercise program.

Unfortunately the KMS program is falling victim to the State budget axe as Arkin has been informed that this would be her last year as coach.

Over the years KMS has produced some of the finest track and field stars in high school.  While the U.S. continues to complain about overweight and obese children programs such as these should be funded in its entirety rather than eliminated altogether.

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If you are unhappy to see this program eliminated please take the time to write a letter to the principal at Keaau Middle School to ask that those funds be restored.

EDITORS NOTE:  Randee Arkin was inducted into the Big Island Sports Hall of Fame for her years of service in track & field and she is also the wife of the Big Dog.

December 22, 2009 - Posted by | Editorial, Running on the Big Island | , , , , ,


  1. I’d like to write a letter, or an email. Can you provide either of these?

    Comment by Jaclynn | December 22, 2009 | Reply

  2. Please keep miss Arkin as the coach. You would lose everything you have gained, with this caring coach. In these hard times, we need postive role models like Randee Arkin.
    Thank you
    Robin Heiney

    Comment by robin heiney | December 23, 2009 | Reply

  3. mrs.arkin is the best!!!

    Comment by marie | January 24, 2010 | Reply

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