Students take civics lesson on Spring Break

The Moikeha Building resounded with happy noise when more than four dozen students from the Spring Break program showed up Tuesday.

Coming off the Prince Kuhio Day holiday, the students arrived via The Kaua‘i Bus to meet with Kaua‘i Mayor Bryan Baptiste and to tour the county government buildings.

The students were from the Spring Break program administered through the county’s Office of Community Assistance at various neighborhood centers.

Pat Viernes, the site manager for the Lihu‘e Neighborhood Center, said not all the centers have programs.

“There are programs at the Hanapepe, Lihu‘e and Kilauea centers,” he said. “Kalaheo is supposed to have one, but the center is currently being renovated, so because of the construction, there is no program there.”

According to one of the student site leaders, the Spring Break program started Monday and will run through tomorrow afternoon before the students return to school.

Lihu‘e has five student site leaders, two of whom are currently high school students and three who are home from college for Spring Break.

Students in the Lihu‘e program range in ages from 6 to 11 years old.

The student site leader said the Spring Break program is tailored after the popular Summer Fun program administered by the county OCA.

“Play!” was the unanimous reply by the students when Baptiste asked them what they do in the program.


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