Parker Middle School held its “Unity Day” on Friday, February 8. This was the second of three Unity Days (one per trimester), which are days designed to build camaraderie between the sixth, seventh and eighth graders. Friday’s theme was “creating and appreciating art as a noble expression of the human spirit,” according to middle school Spanish teacher and Unity Day coordinator Melissa Lunchick.
Students spent the morning in a visual or performing art activity of their choice led by a visiting artist. They enjoyed mobile making, shrink art jewelry making, digital photography, henna tattoo art, and contemporary and hip hop dance.
In the afternoon, the entire middle school ventured to Kīhāpai Ho‘oulu, the school’s community garden. Here, led by Garden Coordinator Jared David-Chapman, they spent time observing, sketching and writing about the kalo they had previously planted, thus integrating creativity with Hawaiian values, culture and sustainability. The next Unity Day will take place on April 12.
Parker School 7th graders work on sketching kalo plants in Kīhāpai Ho‘oulu, the school’s community garden.
Parker middle schoolers show off their henna tattoo artwork.
Contemporary and hip hop dance students take advantage of the beautiful day to practice some of their moves outside.
Parker 7th grader Alissa Mullin during the digital photography workshop on Parker’s Middle School Unity Day.