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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 1, 2006
KAMEHAMEHA STUDENT PROJECTS ON
STORM WATER POLLUTION
GO ON DISPLAY AT
At 11 a.m. tomorrow (Tuesday, May 2, 2006), Mayor Mufi Hannemann and officials of the Department of Environmental Services will welcome more than 100 students and faculty from Kamehameha Middle School Kukui Team to Honolulu Hale, where the students’ projects on storm water pollution will go on display until May 12.
The students studied the pollution of Kalihi Stream, which shares the same ahupua‘a with their Kapalama campus. They conducted research by interviewing interest groups and government officials, listening to guest speakers, reviewing existing public policy and performing water quality testing. They decided that one way to address this problem would be to work with the City’s Adopt-A-Stream and Storm Drain Stenciling programs. To encourage others on their campus to join them, they developed an action plan; including the production of a public service announcement, distributing bumper stickers and T-shirts and presenting their Project Citizen portfolio to the Kamehameha Schools Kapalama Campus Management Team. They sense that they have started a process of change.
“After finishing Project Citizen, I felt that my classmates and I have accomplished so much and made a big contribution to our community,” said Niutao Seau, Jr.,
Amy Callahan, an eighth grade English teacher at Kamehameha Middle School and one of the project’s principal advisors, said, “Through Project Citizen, an interdisciplinary and service learning project, our students learned how to become involved citizens and community leaders. As educators, our hope was for students to understand they have a voice and a responsibility to find solutions to community problems. We are proud of our students’ efforts; and we have already witnessed a change in their disposition regarding government and their responsibility to be engaged and active citizens in the public policy-making process.”
Kamehameha Middle School Principal Sandy Young said, “I would like to congratulate our students and staff for the research they did to identify the needs related to the Kahili Stream and to owning up to their responsibilities as citizens of Hawaii. It is imperative that our youth know about and are willing to be ready to correct problems when they see it.”
Looking Out For the Watershed
The City and
The culminating projects for the class are on display at Honolulu Hale as part of the 2006 Project Citizen Hawaii State Showcase until May 12.
Iwalani Sato, Department of Environmental Services, 429-4112
|Monday, May 01, 2006|