Thursday, January 29, 2015

Island School Turns 38!

Happy Birthday to us! Thirty-eight years ago (actually on January 24, 1977), in a little red schoolhouse in Kealia, Island School opened its doors to 12 students and half as many teachers & staff. After Morning Circle in the "Main Room," classes began and the story unfolds from there.

Bob Springer has brought about the establishment of many practices that have become Island School traditions. One of them is to celebrate the school's birthday as Founders' Day. The entire student body  gathers in the Wilcox Gymnasium for a short assembly that focuses on the school's roots and accomplishments. What follows is a school wide ho‘okupu, or gift, to show our appreciation to the community for their years of support. Students in each grade spend the day performing a service project. These are listed below:

Senior Class: remove invasive species and plant native trees and shrubs at Makawahi Caves at Maha‘ulepu;
Junior Class: clear land for gardening, planting indigenous plants, and doing repairs and maintenance to the fence line on the property at Makanalani Farm in Kilauea;

Sophomore Class:  to work on the beautification and restoration of the water shed on the property at Hanchett Ranch;
Freshmen Class: maintaining the grounds and planting orchids in and around the temples at Lawai International Gardens;
Last year's 8th graders cleaned up over 800 lbs. of debris from Nukoli‘i.

8th  grade: categorize marine debris and clean the beach at Koloa Landing;

7th grade: beach clean up at Kitchen’s Beach in front of the Wailua Golf Course;   

6th grade: working at the Humane Society making cat toys and posters and training the animals;

1st, 2nd, 4th & 5th grades: working in the Community Garden;

3rd & Kindergarten: reading to the residents at the Regency at Pua Kea and picking up rubbish at Puhi Park.

PK: Na Pua Keiki students are putting on a Tea Party to show their appreciation for the office and maintenance staffs.They are baking cookies and writing invitations.

All students are asked to wear their Blue or Gold Island School t-shirts to school. Seniors have been asked to dress in aloha wear and bring a change of clothes for their ho‘okupu project.

If you have any questions about your child's project, please contact his/her homeroom teacher or class adviser. All students are expected to participate on Friday.