As part of National Bullying Prevention Month in October, Iroquois Point Elementary School's student council and Parent Teacher Association provided a positive outlet for more than 700 students to spread aloha in a meaningful, effective and creative way.
Iroquois students transformed hundreds of salvaged cedar shingles, donated by Re-use Hawaii, into artistic expressions of aloha. The students used discarded paint which was landfill bound to dress up their shingle with colorful versions of the word, then grouped the pieces together in an outdoor art installation on the Ewa Beach campus.
The "Ocean of Aloha" art project was central in providing keiki with a creative outlet to spread aloha into each other's lives, while honoring an environmental call to reuse/recycle — and all on a zero-expense budget.
Teachers Laura Rahaim and Maya Terhune helped coordinate the project. "We are so proud of our keiki," they said, "and wish for you to know that they are working to do their part to show and share the love with each other and our Earth."