Start school year anew
It's time to consider back-to-school shopping and here are some styles from Windward Mall that didn't make it into my story in Thursday's Honolulu Star-Advertiser. The story is about covering up for the sake of poor teachers, who find children coming to school in all manner of undress, a big fail that signals lowered expectations for their future.
Right away, I received an email from a teacher that said, "What I wish was mentioned is this: many skirts are so short that when a female student sits in class, her crotch is on view.
With males in tight pants, the same is true. I have sometimes had the impression that some of my students were doing this on purpose, not so much to distract, as to get better grades. Wrong move, guys ... what I want to see is a well-written paper, not your anatomy."
Parents, teachers cannot teach modesty or manners that are a part of a civil society. Please start training your children to cover their privates while they're young.
Saturday will be all about family and age-appropriate behavior as the mall starts the morning with its annual Kids, Inc. event. Entrepreneurs ages 7 to 14, chosen by Facebook votes, will be showcasing their wares in a pop-up event at Center Court from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Among the products available will be custom-made reusable shopping bags created from recycled T-shirts, bite-size snacks on a stick, handmade jewelry, homegrown plants and much more. Keiki participants will keep 100 percent of their earnings.
In the evening, a free “Discover Windward” event from 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday will feature food, music, keiki bounce house and games, and family and back-to-school fashion shows.
Spend $75 at any store or restaurant to receive a free Regal Cinemas movie ticket.
Windward Mall is at 46-056 Kamehameha Highway. Call (808) 235-1143.
Meanwhile, Operation Homefront Hawaii hosted two Back-to-School Brigade events July 19 July 20 at the Erhardt Community Center at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, and Kiana Community Center in Wahiawa, distributing free back packs and school supplies to local military children.
The giveaway served lower- and mid-grade ranking military families in Wahiawa and Honolulu.
Operation Homefront is a national nonprofit, started in 2002, that provides emergency and other financial assistance to families of service members and wounded warriors.
Nadine Kam is Style Editor and staff restaurant critic at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser; her coverage appears in print on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Contact her via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow her on Twitter, Instragram and Rebel Mouse.