Connections Public Charter School
Hilo, Hawaiʻi, United States
K-3rd Grade Students
In this student-created mural, students share their thoughts on the importance of the ocean in their community, how it nourishes them, how it makes them happy, and how it is being affected by misuse and neglect.
Kindergarten through third grade at Connection PCS collaborated on a community project to promote culture, community, and environmental awareness through hands on cross curricular lessons. All the participating classes contributed to the final project by taking part in a beach cleanup at Coconut Island in Hilo, Hawaiʻi. Each class collected data while cleaning and took their findings back into the classroom to graph and discuss what types of rubbish were found and how they affect our local Hilo community. K-3rd grade teachers assembled and painted a 5 feet by 10 feet mural of a beach in Hilo Hawaiʻi. The mural was then cut into 78 pieces. Each student received a piece of the mural to decorate using rubbish collected on Coconut Island. Students also drew pictures of the local marine life that is being affected by pollution and how people in Hilo enjoy their ocean environment through healthy activities.