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Gala double-bonus: Raising $ and Re-connecting

Posted on September 27, 2009

by Dr. Edna Hussey on September 27, 2009

It was the same half moon over Manoa that hovered over the Sheraton Waikiki this past Saturday evening where over 500 hundred friends, families, and supporters of Mid-Pacific Institute gathered for the annual fundraiser.  There certainly was an atmosphere of celebration, of people re-connecting and making new acquaintances. Attending these gala events reminds me again and again how important our relationships are with one another.  I met a nurse who was a student I had taught in the sixth grade many moons ago, and to her left, the son of our children's pediatrician who passed away nearly ten years ago. As a I walked through the aisles of silent auction items, how gratifying to see parents of former Epiphany elementary students who have moved on into high school at Mid-Pacific! On a table next to me, I was surprised to see a colleague with whom I had worked in a professional organization of literacy educators.  Small world, indeed!  And to think we were all gathered together under one moon to acknowledge our shared interest in and support of Mid-Pacific Institute!

Kudos to Holly Gorence and co-chair Paul Czubryt for organizing a memorable event.  Special thanks to the elementary parents who did an amazing job coordinating the gift baskets -- Akiko Marutani, Kim Sonson, Nancy Hayashi, and Wendy Handa.  Thank you, everyone, for your generous contributions for the gift baskets, which made unique and attractive auction items.  Bravo, MPI Choir, directed by Diane Koshi, for a charming performance. Our MPI orchestra and School of the Arts Theater group (upcoming production Into the Woods) demonstrated the wide range of talent we have in our school.  

If you check the P.E. blog, teacher Pam Jenkins has included a brief update and photo gallery. MPI garnered third place in the Nike Fun Run, and several students placed in the run.  Total proceeds will be announced as soon as we have final verification from the Fun Run organizers.  Thank you, parents and students, for the early rise on a Sunday morn to walk or run 5K in support of our P.E. program!

It's a relatively full house staff-wise on campus. Our UH-Manoa and Chaminade teacher candidates have settled into daily routines such as recess supervision or attending meetings, and some have already taught a mini-lesson or two.  Our students from kindergarten through fourth grade are benefitting from the careful attention of ten more adults.  We also have a teacher candidate specializing in physical education who is working with Pam Jenkins. Our faculty is finding their "apprentices" eager to learn, conscientious, responsible, and respectful of our children. If you see our teacher candidates on campus, say hello.  They should be wearing a UH or Chaminade I.D.

In just three days, October will be upon us.  What shall I be for Halloween this year?

For our children,

Edna L. Hussey