December 2015 Inspire

21-Dec-2015

In this edition: More schools and students experience the Hour of Code, Kaimuki High unveils dazzling Malama Honua-inspired mural, the Great ShakeOut preps students on what to do in an earthquake, Prudential Locations Foundation builds legacy project at Kanoelani Elementary, partners and volunteers build green learning environment at Waikele Elementary, profile of KHIS music teacher Jacosa Limutau-Ainuu.

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DECEMBER 2015


Hour of Code: 'Anyone can do this.'
Participation in Hour of Code, now in its third year, is growing exponentially in Hawaii. More than 130 schools on six islands participated during Computer Science Education Week, Dec. 6-13. (Pictured above: Waikoloa Elementary students celebrate the completion of their Hour of Code.) STORY  

TEACHING COMPUTER SCIENCE IS VITAL TO OUR FUTURE
"The evolution of technology is inevitable and will only become further integrated in our home and work life. By teaching literacy in computer science and technology to our keiki now, we are preparing them for the future and careers that don't yet exist." — Shane Asselstine, Momilani Elementary  STORY  

KAIMUKI HS UNVEILS DAZZLING 'MALAMA HONUA'-INSPIRED MURAL
Students in the Hospitality Academy researched themes and connected to cultural values to bring "Ho'o Kahewai, Ho'oulu 'Aina" to life. The Worldwide Voyage of the Hokule'a is represented as a reminder of the courage of that journey. STORY  

GRANTS BUILD LEGACIES AT SCHOOLS
Over the course of the last two months students, parents, staff, and volunteers from the Locations Foundation worked on changing the landscape of Kanoelani Elementary School. STORY  

WAIKELE EL PARTNERS BUILD GREEN LEARNING ENVIRONMENT
A private landscaping architectural and planning firm, along with several volunteers, helps Waikele Elementary School design and build a rain garden that will be used to teach as well as help with drainage issues. STORY  

A HEARTFELT MAHALO FROM HONOKA'A HIGH
The students of the Leadership Training Program wrote a thank you letter to the community for helping them with a Thanksgiving outreach effort, one of several projects to practice kahiau — doing without expecting anything in return. STORY  

RED RAIDER RHYTHM NATION RAISES ITS VOICE
Kahuku High & Intermediate School saw its student enrollment in the choir program jump by 49 percent in a year. New KHIS teacher Jacosa Limutau-Ainuu's goal to connect with students, meeting them "wherever they are," is working. STORY  

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