Hale Kula Elementary seeks to engage parents

| November 20, 2015 | 0 Comments
Madeline Villar and her father try to build the tallest marshmallow tower out of 20 pieces of spaghetti.

Madeline Villar and her father try to build the tallest marshmallow tower out of 20 pieces of spaghetti.

Jan Iwase
Hale Kula Elementary School
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Studies show that when parents are involved in their child’s education, students do better in school.

Hale Kula Elementary School has made it a goal to involve parents as partners in their children’s education through a variety of activities and events.

The first “Super STEM Saturday for Girls Only!” was held Saturday at the school cafeteria. Girls and their parents were invited to participate in hands-on activities that focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The keynote speaker was Jennifer Eugenio, an engineer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

“It’s great to see so many of you girls here who are interested in STEM,” Eugenio said. “When I was in college, I was one of only four females in the engineering program.”

Soldier from 130th Engineer BDE helps the girls build structures out of K'Nex pieces.

Soldier from 130th Engineer BDE helps the girls build structures out of K’Nex pieces.

The girls were able to participate in a variety of activities, such as designing parachutes, building towers with spaghetti, making a water filter, creating Stop-Motion animation videos and learning about wind and water power.

Many volunteers from the community were involved in this inaugural event, including Soldiers from the 130th Engineer Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command; The Links, Inc.; and students from Leilehua High School.

“It was difficult to figure out who had the most fun – the girls, their parents or the volunteers,” shared event coordinator Yuuko Arikawa.

Celebration of art, literacy
The previous week, 200 students and family members participated in “The Big Draw,” an international celebration of drawing and literacy. Families were able to watercolor, contribute to a post-it mural, learn modern calligraphy and cartooning techniques, and just enjoy making art together.

With the theme, “Every Drawing Tells a Story,” the event was intended to build creative confidence. Judging by the proud students and parents, this activity was a success!

Parent Community Networking Center coordinator Ellen Petry shared, “It was great to see so many children and their parents creating art together. The setting was casual and everyone could move at their own pace to have fun and explore the different art stations.”

Upcoming
Other activities planned for the future at Hale Kula are a math workshop for parents, a holiday event sponsored by the Parent Teacher Organization, a Turkey Trot and Jingle Bell Run, and a STEM event for boys.

Parents have lots of opportunities to get involved at Hale Kula Elementary School.(Note: Iwase is the principal at Hale Kula Elementary.)

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