Kula summer school planned

A Multicultural Summer School in Kilauea will feature four weeks of world culture immersion into the cultures of Africa, Japan, Russia, and New Zealand.

The summer school is scheduled for June 19 through July 14 and will be open to children ages 5 to 9.

The social studies and arts curriculum will be taught through art, song, storytelling, ethnic food, dance, games, music, geography, and language. The school will be on Kula Elementary’s campus in Kilauea near Mango Mama’s Juice Bar.

There will be two, two-week sessions. Session I, Africa/Japan runs June 19 through June 30. Session II, Russia/New Zealand runs July 3 through July 14. Hours classes will be in session are from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Snacks for the students will be provided daily.

Tuition is $400 for Session I and $375 for Session II. Some need-based financial scholarships are available.

Every Thursday will feature an ethnic feast where students will prepare traditional ethnic foods and play native games. Every Friday is a water playdate with Slip-n-Slides, sprinklers, and a wading pool on campus. The school offers a nice balance between academic and hands-on learning as well as a summer camp atmosphere.

Megan Bybee will be teaching the sessions. She is a teacher at Kanuikapono with camp counseling experience. She will be assisted by Ryan McGill.

This will be the second Multicultural Summer School program that was founded by director Joyce Kehoe.

There are plans to have several local artists and musicians brought in as specialty teachers throughout the program.

Peoples of the different cultures included in the program — Africa, Japan, Russia, and New Zealand — are invited to call 828-1324 if they are interested in participating in the the summer school. The school is looking for a few people who would like to speak about their culture or contribute through art, dance, music, or song.

Students are encouraged to register by June 1. To register or for more information, call 828-1324 or 828-1144.

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