We are more than excited to announce our very first donation day with Waianae Elementary! It’s only been a few months since the official launch of our business, but we have managed, with all of YOUR support, to raise enough to partner with a local school for an art lesson and art donation.
“Arts education isn’t something we add on after we’ve achieved other priorities like raising test scores and getting kids into college. It’s actually critical for achieving those priorities in the first place.” - First Lady Michelle Obama
A report by American for the Arts states that young people who participate regularly in art education are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, to participate in a math and science fair, or to win awards for their writing. We are inspired and driven to help boost this statistic on our island!
Waianae Elementary is located on the west side of the island of Oahu, in the middle of one of the most poverty-stricken neighborhoods on island. In fact, SchoolDigger.com ranks the school 183rd out of the total 195 elementary schools across the state of Hawai'i as based on average standard test scores supplied by the Hawaii DOE. Waianae is notorious for its high rates of crime and homelessness, with the elementary school itself adjacent to project housing and several homeless encampments. While working with one of the teachers from Waianae Elementary, he informed us that several of his students actually live in these encampments.
It is difficult to hear about the situations these students come from, but we look forward to interacting with them in a way that encourages them to follow their passions and dreams, and to give them not only their own art supplies, but an experience they can bring home to enjoy.