Parker Middle School held a Unity Day last month. Unity Days, scheduled once per trimester, build camaraderie between the school’s sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders. The theme was “creating and appreciating art as a noble expression of the human spirit.”
Visiting artists led students in visual and performing arts activities during the morning session. Students created mobiles, shrink-art jewelry and henna tattoos. Others learned about digital photography or contemporary and hip-hop dance.
The students visited Kihapai Hooulu, the school’s community garden, in the afternoon. Led by garden coordinator Jared David-Chapman, they observed, sketched and wrote about the kalo they had previously planted, integrating creativity with Hawaiian values, culture and sustainability.