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Giving back to our community

Waipahu grade 7 & 8 students walked — and ran — to raise more than $9,000.

Waipahu grade 7 & 8 students walked — and ran — to raise more than $9,000.


Grade 7’s Nadine P who was inspired by her brother to raise money for the visually impaired.

Tyce and Finn didn’t walk the walkathon — they ran!

Tying for the most laps — 21 — completed in Grade 8.

Kenji B, Ian U, and Trevor D created the video pitch that was judged tops for Grade 8. Mahealani Sims-Tulba (far left) created the non-profit B.R.A.V.E. when she was just 13 after her own experiences with bullying. She and her dad, councilmember and comedian Augie T. (far right), visited campus to thank students for their support.

Waipahu Grade 7 and 8 students really made a difference with their end-of-year service learning project.

For this multi-disciplinary project, they started by identifying challenges in our community, from domestic violence to homelessness to deforestation. They researched their subjects, then chose a local organization that works to solve the problem. Next was creating video pitches to present to a panel of judges. The chosen project for each grade was the recipient of money raised by a walkathon. 

Spearheaded in their language arts classes, the project carried across all their subject areas. For example, in math, students used graphs to calculate how much money they could raise for each additional lap completed. While in history, they learned about the importance of civic action; and in science, they studied the brain.