Fifth-graders at Roosevelt Elementary performed a play for parents and teachers Thursday that incorporated a hula dance they learned from Hawaii native and Roosevelt teacher Tiffany Kaloustian earlier this year.
Since October, all 95 fifth-graders on campus practiced the hula with Kaloustian, who had flown in orchids from Hawaii to make leis for the performance .
In the months that the students rehearsed the play, they also raised $2,500 by selling lollipops. All the money will go to the
, which will help grant a child's wish in April.
Kaloustian said the play's meaning is universal.
“The message of the play is spreading the aloha spirit, which is, how can we make a difference in this world?” she said. “That's what life is about — compassion.”