Gaming for a Cause

Gaming for a Cause

The Prep's fourth graders, along with their teacher, Pamela Shim, recently completed a unit of study focused on children who make a difference in the world. After reading stories about community helpers and watching videos like "Caine's Arcade" – a documentary about a cardboard arcade that started a creative movement – the students were inspired to use their creativity to make a difference in the local community.

The fourth graders decided to create a cardboard arcade made from recycled materials to raise money for local charities by selling turns to play. The boys invited the entire school to attend their arcade called "Game Zone" on December 7. Students, faculty and staff alike had a chance to participate in the arcade games, which were set up in Jubinsky Hall, for a chance to win prizes.

To raise money for the non-profits, students sold passes for three dollars. Players got a whopping 16 tries or one quarter bought one try. The arcade, which provided fun and camraderie for participants, raised just over $400 – 10 times their original goal of $40.

"The Game Zone undertaking allowed the boys in Prep Four to realize that while they may be young, making a difference in your community knows no age," Shim said.

Pulling it together

The boys planned, designed and organized the entire event. All games were constructed using recycled materials only.

"From a teacher's perspective, I enjoyed watching the games unfold over time," Shim said. "Planning, prototyping, testing and problem-solving evolved into what so many students got to enjoy."

"I loved the idea that their prizes were recycled," The Priory Lower School Principal Ka'ipo Bailey-Walsh said. "They brought toys from home rather than buying them from a store. It was fun learning how to play the games from the students, and then personally challenging myself to score points to win one of those cool prizes! I loved seeing the students excited about their games."

Choosing an organization to benefit from their hard work was no easy task! The fourth grade brainstormed locally run organizations they knew of and then voted on which ones their Game Zone proceeds would benefit. With all the recent storm and lava devastation on the neighbor islands, the American Red Cross of HawaiiRed Cross and Save the Children seemed like natural beneficiaries.

The American Red Cross of Hawaii is a nonprofit humanitarian organization that provides disaster relief for people during moments of crisis. Save the Children, an emergency response team, provides essential child-focused supplies to families in need during disaster relief efforts. The two organizations have been instrumental in bringing aid to local families during both the Kilauea eruptions and Hurricane Lane.

This project is an example of the personalized learning that takes place at St. Andrew's Schools. Our school's mission empowers children to strive for the highest and The Prep's fourth graders did a fantastic job at doing just that.

See more photos from Game Zone.