Academy’s Youngest Help Raise Money For Chil­dren In Need

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Dur­ing its an­nual Trikea-thon last month, Is­land Pa­cific Academy’s ju­nior kinder­garten class rode tri­cy­cles, bi­cy­cles and scoot­ers around the block of their Kapolei cam­pus to raise money for St. Jude Chil­dren’s Re­search Hospi­tal.

Leading up to the cam­paign, the keiki col­lected $4,009.50 in pledges.

“Two of our school’s found­ing val­ues are ‘the power of hu­man kind­ness’ and ‘gen­eros­ity of spirit,’” ex­plained head of school Ben­jamin Fe­in­stein. “Com­mu­nity ser­vice is prac­ti­cally our mid­dle name.

“The an­nual Trike a thon in­tro­duces our youngest stu­dents to do­ing good for the greater com­mu­nity and teaches them that ev­ery per­son, even people as young as them­selves, can make a dif­fer­ence in the world.” The event also helped the keiki learn bike safety skills as they ped­aled along.

To sup­port the kinder­garten­ers, all of the Is­land Pa­cific Academy ohana, from stu­dents and teach­ers to staff, cheered them on through­out the course. Plus, each rider was “adopted” by a group of high school­ers, who made signs for the chil­dren.

“By invit­ing the en­tire school to share in this ac­tiv­ity, we in­volved our whole com­mu­nity and strength­ened re­la­tion­ships across the grades,” said sec­ondary prin­ci­pal Kip Cum­mings. “It was a di­rect re­flec­tion of our new mantra this year of ‘One Com­mu­nity, One Com­mit­ment.’ Ev­ery­one was very ex­cited for the JK stu­dents. There were lots of smiles all around.”

Ju­nior kinder­garten stu­dents (left) rode bi­cy­cles, tri­cy­cles and scoot­ers along Haumea, Wakea, Manawai and Ala Ka­hawai streets dur­ing the an­nual Trike-athon last month. The ju­nior kinder­garten class (above) with early child­hood ed­u­ca­tion di­rec­tor/ju­nior kinder­garten teacher Donja Mor­ton (back, from left), head of school Ben­jamin Fe­in­stein and ju­nior kinder­garten as­sis­tant Ce­leste Jef­frey. Pho­tos cour­tesy IPA.

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