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Jungle to Jungle to Host Kid-Friendly Fundraiser

April 30, 2010
Maui Weekly

“Where the Wild Things Are: A Benefit for Science and Music Education” will be held on Saturday, May 1, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ha‘iku estate of local photographer and artist Tom Sewell.

Maui families and individuals are invited to support the event’s host, the Jungle to Jungle science and technology program, a Maui-based educational nonprofit, at this fun-filled event designed for families with young children and kids of all ages. A portion of funds raised will also go to a partner organization, the Arts Education for Children Group.

The event is free, and will include food, games, animals and live entertainment.

The Jungle to Jungle project, now in its second year of operation, has been recognized for its innovative programs offered to Maui middle school students, including “virtual field trips” to far away jungles, bridge-building cross-cultural education exchanges and science experiments that include innovative uses of communication technologies and exploration techniques.

“We are excited to bring lovers of science education and music education together into one fun party,” said Jill Pridemore, Jungle to Jungle founder and arts education enthusiast. “It is our hope that by providing a fun, educational and adventurous event, we’ll be able to raise the funds to make our Fall 2010 Borneo trip a reality.”

Community members will enjoy pony rides, face painting, performances from World Music performers Jamallad and United Globe Music, and a silent auction.

Auction items include a guitar signed by world-famous rocker and Maui resident Sammy Hagar, yoga classes, private kite-surf lessons, free hotel stays and restaurant meals, as well as once-in-a-lifetime experiences such as a private Bornean dinner with the Jungle to Jungle founders and a photo session with world-renowned artist Tom Sewell. Earlybird bids are welcome at www.jungletojungle.org/events.

Last year, Jungle to Jungle’s founders Jill Pridemore and Amanda Wilson traveled down the Amazon River, communicating with students on Maui along the way and conducting parallel learning projects and biology experiments that dovetailed into the students’ existing science curricula.

In addition, the two explorers visited Amazonian schools, teaching those students about Hawai‘i flora, fauna, language and culture.

This fall, the project will bring the duo to Borneo, with hundreds more Maui students participating, including over 150 middle school students from the Kïhei Charter School.

The fundraiser is Jungle to Jungle’s largest of the year, offered to the community as an opportunity to learn more about the project, enjoy local talent and lend their support to science and art education on Maui while having a great time in a beautiful setting.

To RSVP, or for more information, call Jungle to Jungle at 283-3878 or simply come by the event on Saturday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

The Jungle to Jungle Project is an interactive science and technology program that brings international exploration and biology as well as a deeper understanding of digital tools into classrooms. The program mission is to engage students on Maui in interactive, experience-based learning about exotic ecosystems around the world, while utilizing new communications technology in the process. The ongoing project teaches sustainability and preservation through increased awareness. Jungle to Jungle is intended as a partial-semester addition to the normally scheduled curriculum.

For more information about the program, visit www.jungletojungle.org. To follow it on Twitter, visit www.twitter.com/JungleToJungle.

 

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