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Parker Middle and Upper School students experience interim

<p>Parker student Majdi Mariano paints graffiti art along the entrance to the Parker School Theatre during the set design and construction activity for the school’s Interim. The students learned set design and construction hands-on, working on the real set for Parker’s upcoming production of “In the Heights.” PHOTO COURTESY OF PARKER FOR NHN</p>

Parker student Majdi Mariano paints graffiti art along the entrance to the Parker School Theatre during the set design and construction activity for the school’s Interim. The students learned set design and construction hands-on, working on the real set for Parker’s upcoming production of “In the Heights.” PHOTO COURTESY OF PARKER FOR NHN

<p>Parker’s “Sew Awesome” Interim group stands in the NHCH lobby and shows off the baby blankets they made for newborns in the Family Birthing Unit. Joining them in the rear of the photo are Krista Anderson, Communications Coordinator at the hospital, and Diana Leaf, Registered Nurse from the Family Birthing Unit. (PHOTO COURTESY OF PARKER FOR NHN)</p>

Parker’s “Sew Awesome” Interim group stands in the NHCH lobby and shows off the baby blankets they made for newborns in the Family Birthing Unit. Joining them in the rear of the photo are Krista Anderson, Communications Coordinator at the hospital, and Diana Leaf, Registered Nurse from the Family Birthing Unit. (PHOTO COURTESY OF PARKER FOR NHN)

<p>Parker students wash kale they just harvested during their garden Interim class. (PHOTO COURTESY OF PARKER FOR NHN)</p>

Parker students wash kale they just harvested during their garden Interim class. (PHOTO COURTESY OF PARKER FOR NHN)

On April 4 and 5, Parker’s Upper and Middle School students took part in Interim, a two-day period of focused experiential learning activities. This year the students chose from several on and off-campus experiences: a teaching internship at Parker Lower School; two-day studio music recording session; working in the school garden; exploring Kealakekua and Pu‘uhonua o Hōnaunau; scuba diving; hiking; exploring careers in medicine and forensics; writing on location (how setting impacts writing); martial arts and self defense; a marine biology experience on Oahu; photography and film; sewing; and theatre design and set construction.

The group that traveled and explored Kealakekua and Pu‘uhonua o Hōnaunau with science teacher Mindy Higgins and English teacher Kiyoshi Najita returned to campus full of energy and excited about their off-campus adventure. They learned about Hawaiian history and culture at Pu‘uhonua o Honaunau and focused on fun team-building activities at Kealakekua.

Another group took a martial arts and self-defense workshop with Parker School’s Technology Director Eric Dela Rosa, who holds a black belt in Chinese Kempo. Students learned everything from blocking attacks to defending themselves with Sharpie pens to breaking bricks with their hands and wooden boards with their heads.

“Sew Awesome” was the name of the sewing class led by science department chair Patricia Kassis and math department chair Amanda Dewey. Students learned how to thread and use a sewing machine and learned how to add “bling” to garments by hand sewing. On the first day, the students sewed baby blankets to donate to newborns in North Hawaii Community Hospital’s Family Birthing Unit. Several of them embroidered designs or messages such as “sleep well” or “sweet dreams” onto the blankets.

On the morning of the second day, the sewing teachers and students delivered all the blankets they made to NHCH, presenting them to Registered Nurse Diana Leaf and NHCH Communications Coordinator Krista Anderson.

Parker School’s Interim happens every two years, alternating with Art Start, which allows students to focus completely on one form of art for two days. Both programs give students the opportunity to take a break from the usual school schedule and immerse themselves in something about which they are already passionate or to go beyond their comfort zones and explore something entirely new.