HCAP Weekly December 11, 2017

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Leahi Kupuna Make Holiday Greeting Cards for U.S. Troops
Na Lima Hana Participant Charts New Career in Health Care
Ben Parker II Head Start Families Prepare Literacy Bags
Central STEM Students Explore Chemistry Behind Baking Pumpkin Pie
Energy Saving Tips from the Weatherization Assistance Program


Leahi Kupuna Make Holiday Greeting Cards for U.S. Troops

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The seniors at the Leahi District Service Center’s Kupuna Independent Life Series showed their thanks by creating holiday greeting cards for U.S. troops. The kupuna worked hard to make cheerful messages that expressed their gratitude to our military ohana. One of our kupuna, Mary, shared that she was happy to be sending the cards as her late husband was in the Armed Forces. The greeting cards will be mailed to A Million Thanks, a nonprofit that distributes letters to U.S. troops stationed around the world.


Na Lima Hana Participant Charts New Career in Health Care

When Coleene first came to HCAP’s Windward District Service Center in May, she was seeking financial guidance and career support. Coleene had no job interview skills, interview attire or stable transportation for job search, and undetermined employment goals. Since working with Windward District Service Center staff, Coleene attended and completed Job Readiness Training (JRT) and attended job interviews through the Na Lima Hana Employment Core Services (ECS) Program. More importantly, Coleene was able to set employment goals (she wanted to be employed in health care), and followed through with this goal when she was hired by Americare Hawaii as a home health care assistant. Coleene loves her full time employment and is now thinking of furthering her ambitions in health care by possibly applying to nursing education programs.


Ben Parker II Head Start Families Prepare Literacy Bags

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The parents and children of Ben Parker II Head Start had a blast at a recent Family Engagement event. Parents and children created literacy bags with acrylic paint, stencils, fabric markers, and collage items. Each literacy bag contained a journal and a reading log folder to keep track of the books the children will read at home. The literacy bags will be used as a personalized bag to transport books to and from school. The children at Ben Parker II Head Start are active participants of Pizza Hut’s BOOK IT! Program, a free program encouraging kids to read. Upon reading a minimum of 15 books, each child will receive Pizza Hut Pan Pizza Certificate as part of the BOOK IT! Program. Reading is delicious fun for Ben Parker II Head Start children and their families!


Central STEM Students Explore Chemistry Behind Baking Pumpkin Pie

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The students at the Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After School Program’s Central STEM Exploration Center, a 21st Century Learning Center, explored the chemistry behind baking and learned how to bake a pumpkin pie. As a class, the students went over the recipe, making sure they had all the ingredients. The class also reviewed the specific measurements for each ingredient and made sure that we had all the right utensils for the task.

As a class, they first made the dough for their shortbread cookie crust. Each student took turns measuring out the different ingredients and adding them to the bowl. They separated the dry ingredients (flour) into one bowl and separated the wet ingredients (eggs, butter, and oil) into another bowl. Then, they stirred the wet ingredients into the dry. Once the dough was prepared the students took turns pressing the dough into the pie plate. Afterwards, they made the pie filling, and once again separated the dry ingredients (sugar and spices) from the wet ingredients (pumpkin and milk), and then combined the two mixtures together.

The class used the toaster oven to bake the pie and the class got to see the pumpkin filling turn from a liquid, into the familiar semisolid that they all know and love. The students had the pleasure of enjoying a lesson that not only combined math and science, but also had the chance to make and bake a pumpkin pie from scratch. The lesson was a tremendous success, and the children have already expressed their excitement for the next food science lesson.


Energy Saving Tips from the Weatherization Assistance Program

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