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In this episode, you'll hear how the children at an elementary school became rock stars. Pōmaikaʻi Elementary School has become a model for how to use the arts to inspire children to reach their highest potential in the classroom, in the community, & beyond. We sat down with 2 educators, Melinda Caroll & Rae Takemoto, & heard the stories about an innovative arts integration project that combines classroom learning, science, garden learning, & music. Together, with the school garden as the theme, Melinda & Rae lead the children of the school through the entire process of creating a CD, from songwriting, to professional recording, to sharing the music with the world. Melinda & Rae believe strongly in creative potential. They share with us fantastic stories about their experiences & observations of how the arts can be woven into schools with powerful results.

CREDITS: The songs from Pōmaikaʻi Elementary School featured in this podcast are Pulelehua and Lovely Lehua by 2nd grade students, The Living Earth by 4th grade, Nā Maka O Ka ʻĀina (Feat. John Cruz) by 3rd grade, E Kuʻu Māla ʻAi by the Pōmaikaʻi teachers, ʻOhana by 1st grade. All songs shared with permission from Inspire Media (all rights reserved).

SPECIAL THANKS TO: the students & teachers of Pōmaikaʻi School, Melinda Caroll of the When We Shine Network, Rae Takemoto of Friends of Pōmaikaʻi, Lehua Simon of Mālamalama Maui, John Cruz, & our non-profit partner E.L.L.S.S.A.

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