School Hus­tles To Raise Funds And Health Aware­ness

MidWeek Islander (West Oahu) - - Front Page -

raise more funds via one fundrais­ing event,” Sakata ex­plained. “As such, one of the first things we wanted to de­velop was a catchy name that in­cor­po­rated phys­i­cal fit­ness in a fun, catchy con­cept.

“ it­self is a fairly sim­ple dance that even kin­der­gart­ners can learn. Since we al­ready had a Fun Run, the idea to ex­pand on that came about by hav­ing a grand fi­nale that all of the stu­dents could en­joy do­ing to­gether, thus the idea of hav­ing 600-plus stu­dents and teach­ers ‘do came about.”

Stu­dents prac­ticed the dance steps to the ’ 70s dance craze in their P.E. and mu­sic classes for four weeks, and on Nov. 19, im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing the Fun Run, the en­tire school per­formed the dance in uni­son for the large crowd of on­look­ers that in­cluded par­ents, relatives and em­cee Liz Chun, di­rec­tor of phi­lan­thropy for Pali Momi Med­i­cal Cen­ter and pro­ducer/host of the

“No doubt the stu­dents en­joyed learn­ing as was clearly ev­i­dent by their smiles and sheer en­joy­ment of the moment,” said Sakata, whose sons Zak, 10, and Jet, 5, were among the new gen­er­a­tion of disco fans.

“Af­ter just the first day that they started to learn the dance steps they were ex­cit­edly show­ing off their moves at home that night,” he added with a laugh. “All the stu­dents thor­oughly en­joyed hav­ing a full day of fun with their class­mates, all while get­ting a good work­out.”

But Sakata noted the key to the event was the ac­tual fundrais­ing by all the stu­dents, which re­quired them to “ hus­tle” fam­ily, relatives and friends for do­na­tions.

“Ev­ery stu­dent was asked to raise a min­i­mum of $100 via do­na­tions from fam­ily, relatives, friends, as well as cor­po­rate spon­sors,” he said.

So far the to­tal amount raised stands at $40,437, which will go to­ward school sup­plies, test­ing ma­te­ri­als, P. E. and mu­sic teacher salaries, se­cu­rity mon­i­tor­ing, air con­di­tion­ing main­te­nance, copier lease agree­ment and main­te­nance and so on.

Be­cause of the im­mense suc­cess of the Hus­tle for Health’s premier, the PTG is al­ready look­ing to con­tinue it as an an­nual event.

“ The fact that the Hus­tle for Health is able to in­cor­po­rate fundrais­ing as well as

and school/par­ent bond­ing, we’re al­ready dis­cussing ways to im­prove for next year,” Sakata said.

Sixth-grader Leni Maika (front) does the hus­tle with more than 600 other Pearl Ridge Ele­men­tary stu­dents dur­ing the school’s first-ever Hus­tle for Health fundraiser, held Nov. 19 on the field. The day be­gan with a fun run be­fore the en­tire school — par­ents and teach­ers in­cluded — per­formed ‘The Hus­tle’ in uni­son. Photo by Leah Friel,

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.