Generations Magazine - April-May 2016 - Making Our Souls Blossom - image 01

Ella Moncrief with Bella Campos and her grandmother on Kūpuna Day.

Assets School makes a difference in the lives of gifted and dyslexic students through a strengths-based learning environment. We place a strong emphasis on the importance of family support to help to build confidence and resilience in each child.

“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” — Marcel Proust

I remembered this quote on Kūpuna Day, one of my favorite days on the school calendar. This year, we welcomed 150 guests to campus: grandparents, parents, grand aunts and uncles, as well as aunties, uncles and family friends. We are excited to meet the many different adults and elders who make a positive impact on our students’ lives. As we shared breakfast together, two classes greeted us with a song and dance. Then, we had fun making arts-and-crafts and moved to the classrooms where children and ku¯puna engaged in all kinds of fun activities. As I listened to ku¯puna sharing stories about their school-aged years, I couldn’t help but wonder who had more fun, the children or the adults?

“I was thoroughly entertained and so glad I made the effort to attend on both days for both of my grandchildren,“ said Susan Lee, grandmother of Zak Campos, grade 3 and Bella Campos, grade 5. “Visiting Assets gives me a unique perspective on Zak and Bella’s world and brings us closer together.”


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