Hale Kula Elementary keiki, faculty show their true color

| April 24, 2015 | 0 Comments
Students from Yuri Goto’s kindergarten class at Hale Kula Elementary School celebrate Month of the Military Child by wearing purple on April 15. With them are their Soldier parents. (Yuri Goto, Hale Kula Elementary School)

Students from Yuri Goto’s kindergarten class at Hale Kula Elementary School celebrate Month of the Military Child by wearing purple on April 15. With them are their Soldier parents. (Yuri Goto, Hale Kula Elementary School)

Jan Iwase
Hale Kula Elementary School
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — April is the Month of the Military Child, and Wednesday, April 15 was designated as Purple Up! Day.

Throughout the nation, purple was the color of the day to show support for the strength, resilience and bravery of our military children.

At Hale Kula Elementary School, 99 percent of the students are military dependents, and staff and students celebrated by wearing purple and reflecting on what it means to be a military child.

Hale Kula staff and students were decked out in all shades of purple. Ribbons were placed on the fence in the front of the school, and pinwheels and ribbons festively decorated the entryway to the administration building.

Army upbringing
Moving to Hawaii can be exciting, but the stress of being far away from family support systems or having to be the new kid in the class, again, can be difficult for children.

Students were asked to reflect on what it means to be a military child. Some wrote essays or poems, and others created PowerPoint or class presentations. Some were joyful, and others were poignant, but all were written from the heart.

First grader Kate shared that she likes being a military child because “we get gifts from different places.”

First grader Adalynn wrote, “Being a military child is amazing because we can go to the commissary.”

Second grader Caden reflected, “I like to be a military kid because I have an opportunity that very few people have.”

“Being a military kid is hard,” wrote third grader Jazmin in a poem that she shared. “My dad missed two of my birthdays. I never get to see my grandma. The happy part is when I make new friends; see some of my cousins. Sometimes I love being a military kid; sometimes I don’t.”

Hale Kula Elementary is proud to honor our military students for strength, resilience and bravery, not just on Purple Up! Day but throughout the year!
(Note: Iwase is the principal at Hale Kula Elementary.)

Online Photos
To check out how Hale Kula Elementary celebrated Purple Up! Day, go to the link at http://goo.gl/dPcxHx.
There is also a link to a Google Presentation by Miss Goto’s kindergarten class, on what they like about being a military child, at http://bit.ly/1PQfn7W.

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