St Louis School receives OHA grant
Honolulu, HI--May 30, 2012--Saint Louis School announced today that it has been awarded a $19,950 grant, funded over a one-year period, from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs to initiate the development of a sustained framework for Native Hawaiian learning on the Saint Louis School campus. "This grant has the potential to impact students and educators alike. With 41% of our Kalaepōhaku student body being of Hawaiian ancestry, this opportunity to work with OHA is indeed a blessing," said Saint Louis President Walter Kirimitsu.
OHA funding for the project titled Ka Lamakū will support Saint Louis School's intensified efforts to integrate indigenous cultural educational practices and provide support for teachers.. The project is aimed at strengthening students' sense of self and cultural grounding through a multi-pronged approach of school-wide cultural learning, teacher development, community outreach, and community-based data collection. Ka Lamakū will provide resource guidance in developing a new Hawaiian geography course for Saint Louis covering island environments, sustainability and laws governing Native Hawaiian issues. Additional projects include partnerships with neighboring schools including Sacred Hearts Academy, work on applied database and information systems for geographic information; kūpuna oral histories from Native Hawaiian elders in the community; and digitization of school archival documents for cataloging.
The partnership of school and community will reinforce culturally relevant learning, such as place-based education in a network vital to sustaining a professional, contributing learning community.
About Saint Louis School
Saint Louis School has been preparing and motivating young men in Hawaii to achieve academic excellence and personal growth since 1846.
Saint Louis is an independent Catholic Marianist School that gives students a strong college preparatory education emphasizing academics, service, faith and moral values.
Saint Louis is a Catholic Marianist School, grades 6 through 12.