School: Ka Waihona o Ka Na’auao Public Charter School
Grade Level: Grades 6-8
Teacher: Dariess AhSui
Driving Question: How does handmade art communicate a sense of aloha between the creator and recipient? How can we create handmade art to celebrate/communicate a sense of aloha and the beauty of our lives? How can art help us express our feelings, thoughts, and emotions in positive ways?
What did the students DO?
Girlʻs Club members created original handmade arts and crafts through the use of Cricut and Silhouette Cameo machines. Products included stickers and appliques. Iron on patches were put onto t-shirts, face masks and hand bags. Vinyl stickers could be placed on water bottles, hydro flasks, key chains or school binders. The girls also created greeting cards they donated on Valentineʻs Day to patients at the Kapiʻolani Womenʻs and Childrenʻs Medical Center along with beaded bracelets they made.
At the PALS hōʻike, the girls worked with visitors to assist them in creating their own stickers to take home. Group members held conversations about their learning with parents and visitors to their group.
This group was also contracted by Kaʻala Farms to create stickers based on moʻolelo from Kaʻala. These stickers were featured at a fundraiser for the farm and were for sale at the Patagonia kiosk at an open market. As they could not receive money as payment, the girls were treated to a pizza lunch, drinks and dessert—a payment far better received, enjoyed and appreciated than cash.