HCAP WEEKLY March 28, 2022

HCAP Programs “A Blessing” for Struggling Single Father
Hā Initiative Students Learn About Polymers with Fake “Snow”
Studying Trees with HCAP Head Start Kapālama


HCAP Programs “A Blessing” for Struggling Single Father

Jovany, a U.S. Army veteran and single father of two children, first reached out to HCAP’s Central District Service Center for assistance with past-due electricity bills. He had been struggling to make ends meet while searching for work and attending Leeward Community College full time. On March 1, Jovany’s electricity was shut off due to unpaid bills. 

Jovany was able to pay the required amount to turn his electricity back on, while Central District staff helped him apply for emergency utility assistance through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). He also enrolled in HCAP’s Nā Lima Hana Employment Core Services Program and completed job readiness training to help in his search for employment.

Since then, Jovany was able to secure a position at Mālama Pono Autism Center as a Registered Behavior Technician. In a recent follow-up with Central District staff, Jovany shared that the support from HCAP has been “a blessing” for his family. “The Nā Lima Hana Employment Core Services Program has given me the confidence that there are plenty of jobs hiring; that if I do my part and lean on this program, I will not fail,” Jovany said. 

Central District Service Center is very happy for Jovany and his family and will continue to support him in reaching his employment goals.

Click Here for more information about Nā Lima Hana Employment Core Services.


Hā Initiative Students Learn About Polymers with Fake “Snow”

This week, Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After-School Program students made “snow” using a small amount of sodium polyacrylate, a polymer, mixed with water. During the experiment, students observed how a polymer absorbs water and watched as the tiny powder particles increased to 800 times their original size. The resulting material was fluffy and wet like snow. Students then had the opportunity to color their “snow” with different shades of food coloring. 

This activity demonstrated multiple scientific concepts, including cause-and-effect relationships, measurement, physical reactions, absorption, and osmosis. 

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Studying Trees with HCAP Head Start Kapālama

The HCAP Head Start Kapālama keiki expanded their investigation of trees this week, using their creativity, learned knowledge, ability to recall, and fine motor skills in an educational art project. The keiki created trees of their own using red and green construction paper, glue sticks, and markers.

Deborah said “I made an apple tree!” while classmate Kevin said “I made a tree with bugs.”

HCAP Head Start & Early Head Start applications for the 2022-2023 school year are open now! Click Here for more information and how to enroll your keiki.