HCAP Weekly November 28, 2016

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In this week’s issue:

#GivingTuesday 2016
Palolo STEM Students Learn About Acts of Giving
HCAP Staff Give Back
Windward STEM Students Create Giving Hearts
Youth Services Students Share #UnSelfies
Head Start Children Participate in #Giving Tuesday
Kalihi STEM Students Discuss Community Needs
Head Start Children Read Stories and Talk About Giving
Central STEM Students Give Thanks


#GivingTuesday 2016

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On Tuesday, November 29, 2016, HCAP participated in #GivingTuesday, along with charities and non-profit organizations from around the world. It was a great day for HCAP to showcase all the giving that is done by staff and program participants. In this week’s HCAP Weekly, we would like to share some great stories about “Acts of Giving.”

We would also like to give a warm mahalo to everyone that donated to HCAP for #GivingTuesday!


Palolo STEM Students Learn About Acts of Giving

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Students from the Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After-School Program’s Palolo STEM Exploration Center learned about Acts Of Giving and came up with ways they could help people in their community. The students learned that #GivingTuesday is the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and it’s a day to give back to the community. They talked about the needs in their community, which included littering, stray cats, and the elderly needing help carrying groceries home from the bus stop.

Then, the conversations moved on to Acts of Giving. That includes ways they can give, whether it be through giving time, knowledge, skills, or their voice. No matter if you’re 6 or 60, everyone can give in some way. Some examples the students shared were: the 6 year old sitting on the couch and sees his neighbor carrying something to the door, he can go outside and help open their door; a 5th grader is walking home from school and sees that a first grader needs help crossing the street safely and offers to help; the community dentist doing free dental work for the community; a local restaurant feeding the homeless on #GivingTuesday. No matter how small it might seem to you, a simple act could brighten someone’s day.

Next, the students talked about the importance of giving- it was simple. It makes the giver and the person receiving the help feel better, you show that you care about your community, and people feel good about themselves knowing they can make a difference. They also talked about the condition of Palolo Homes now compared to how it was 10-12 years ago. The consensus was that people coming together, giving their time, skills and the desire for change can and will make a huge impact on the community.

Finally, each student came up with a way they can each give back to the community. It was uplifting for them to know that each of them could make a difference. Fafa said she “will show the elderly how to play volleyball, that will get them to be active and not sit at home all day.” Another student, Kitora wants to “teach children how to make food without using the stove so they can be safe and eat when nobody is home to cook for them.”


HCAP Staff Give Back

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HCAP staff give for a variety of reasons and many have dedicated their lives to serving others.


Windward STEM Students Create Giving Hearts

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The Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After-School Program Windward STEM Exploration Center students discussed the Giving Heart for #GivingTuesday. The activity began with students exploring different needs in within their community. Students talked about helping kupuna, thanking veterans, and helping homeless families. The class discussed how they could encourage people with their Giving Heart activity. The class decided on three groups of people that they would like to send their Giving Heart. Students decided to make hearts with sayings that expressed their gratitude for veterans. They wrote encouraging and inspiring words for homeless families. Students also wrote get-well cards and hearts for children in the hospital. At the conclusion of the lesson, Ms. Kehau asked students how they felt making the Giving Heart. MV stated that he “felt good thanking the veterans.”


Youth Services Students Share #UnSelfies

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In honor of #GivingTuesday, HCAP Youth Services students were given a short lesson on the meaning of giving and what they can do to give back. Students first addressed the needs of their own communities and what kinds of problems they see around them. They shared various ways they can give back to their communities and the importance of giving. By writing down an act of giving on heart-shaped cutouts and sharing someone else’s out loud, each student was able to realize that giving comes in different forms and was able to identify the various reasons of why giving is important. Afterwards, each student was asked to take a #Unselfie picture sharing what acts of giving they could perform.


Head Start Children Participate in #Giving Tuesday

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HCAP Head Start children from various classrooms read the book “The Giving Tree” and then made books to give to kupuna in their community.

Palolo I and II Head Start children drew pictures they recalled from the story. They then made a book and presented it to Grandma Eulie who is their Foster Grandparent. The children thanked Grandma Eulie for all that she has done.

The children of Salt Lake Pre-Plus drew pictures of the different ways that the tree nurtured and cared for a little boy. Their finished drawings were put together to make a book about giving thanks and being thankful for what we have. In the spirit of giving, they shared their finished book with the staff and residents of Avalon Care Center Honolulu. In addition to sharing their book about being thankful, the children chose a few select books from their lending library to donate to the care center so that the residents would have books to read with their family during visits.

The children at Jefferson Pre Plus Head Start drew the giving tree and were asked what they would want the giving tree to give them. The drawings were compiled into a book and given to the kupuna at Acardia Retirement Residence.

Kunia II and Kunia III Head Start children drew pictures about the book and kupuna in their lives. They will give the book to the kupuna at The Plaza Assisted Living in Mililani.


Kalihi STEM Students Discuss Community Needs

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The Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After-School Program’s Kalihi STEM students had a great time participating in the organization-wide #GivingTuesday event. First, they watched the official #GivingTuesday video on YouTube and learned what #GivingTuesday is all about. Next, they had a good discussion about community needs, acts of giving, and importance of giving, listing the topics on the board. Community needs varied from simple things like, ‘kindness’ to ‘donating food’ to ‘organizing community cleanups’.

The kids created purple hearts out of construction paper and wrote small Acts of kindness like ‘help with homework’ or ‘give someone a hug’. The giving ideas were placed into “The Jar of Giving.” Finally, the kids each pulled a heart from the jar, and were encouraged to do the act for #GivingTuesday.

The kids were all very excited for Giving Tuesday, and 5th grader Shelly commented, “After a long weekend of eating and shopping, I think it’s a good idea to have a giving day.”


Head Start Children Read Stories and Talk About Giving

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HCAP Head Start children from various classrooms read the book “The Rainbow Fish” and then did crafts to give to kupuna in their community.

After reading “The Rainbow Fish” Ewa 2 Head Start children had a conversation about sharing. Then, the children drew about what they liked about the story and compiled all of the drawings into a book to give to the seniors at St. Francis Adult Day Care.

The children of Waipahu Community Head Start were excited to participate in #GivingTuesday. After reading the story and discussing “giving,” the children drew pictures and decided to share their book titled “Giving” with the seniors at Aged to Perfection. The seniors often join them during outdoor play and the children enjoy interacting with them.

Jack Hall Head Start children read the book “Too Many Mangos” and then made a book of drawings to give to the Waipahu Hongwanji Adult Day Care Center.


Central STEM Students Give Thanks

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For the last few of weeks, students at the Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After-School Program Central STEM Exploration Center have been engaged in the conversation of what it means to be truly thankful for what you have, and what it means to give back. In the spirit of Thanksgiving the students took part in #GivingTuesday in an effort to help them realize how much they have to be thankful for. They have been having discussions on who, or what, they are thankful to have in their lives, and what they are able to do to give back to their community. The students decorated a large jar in fall colors and created heart shaped cards out of construction paper, on which they wrote down all their ideas for giving back.

There were many ideas generated and the class worked with gusto to see who could come up with the most ideas. They were told that their ideas did not have to involve money, or donating goods of any kind. They were also informed that a good way to give back to the community could be picking up trash if you see it on the ground, or helping a friend with his or her homework. Once the students got the idea, the paper hearts started to multiply. They made suggestions like donating blood, helping parents with cooking or other chores. The students liked showing that they are thankful for what they have been given, and took time and effort to create their hearts.