It’s Education Week at the Hawaii state Capitol.
The next few days will be full of honorary ceremonies, talk stories and events featuring Hawaii students of all ages.
The week kicked off this morning with a discussion about the state’s three early education proposals. A group of KCAA preschoolers wrapped up the presentation with songs about the world’s continents and oceans.
Gov. Neil Abercrombie, who attended the event to reiterate his support for the statewide early learning system, admitted that he had a soft spot for KCAA because he worked there as a janitor when pursuing his master’s degree at the University of Hawaii.
Meantime, students from Kaahumanu Elementary, Kalakaua Middle, Moanalua Middle, Stevenson Middle, Kalani High School and Farrington High School are currently scattered throughout the Capitol rotunda manning robotics demonstrations.
Other highlights of the week include health presentations by UH students, Hawaii public charter school roundtable discussions, verbal testimony from high school students who’ll be expressing their support or opposition of resolutions before the Senate Education committee and an “Ask Your Senator” Q&A via social media.
Here’s the full calendar, from a Hawaii Senate press release:
MONDAY, MARCH 18
Executive Office of Early Learning
Discussion and Displays: “Education in Hawaii: What’s at Stake?”
Time: 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Place: State Capitol, Room 225
Participating Schools: Kaahumanu Elementary, Kalakaua Middle, Moanalua Middle, Stevenson Middle, Kalani High School and Farrington High School
Time: 9 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Place: State Capitol Rotunda
Senate Floor Presentations:
40th Anniversary of HAEYC (Hawaii Association for the Education of Young Children), KCAA Preschools, and Dr. Robert Peters, former chair