WAIANAE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Students at Kamaile Academy were given a treat on Friday when artist Jack Johnson gave them a very special performance.
Johnson was visiting the elementary school in Waianae as part of the Turnaround Arts, a program dedicated to encouraging art education in schools through resources and other creative tools.
"Turnaround Arts is really important to me because when I was a student at Kahuku High School, I had some really great art teachers," Johnson said. "[They] showed me a way to approach the world [so that] no matter what you did, you could look at it at with an artistic lens."
Turnaround Arts is a national program that works to inspire creativity in students at 84 schools across the United States. As part of the program, schools receive a plethora of arts education services designed to increase opportunities for success and community engagement.
"Turnaround Arts has been a really important program at our school," said Anna Winslow, principal at Kamaile Academy. "It's changed the culture ...our attendance has increased ... our behavioral referrals have gone down. Overall, Turnaround Arts has been a very positive program for Kamaile Academy."
At the end of Johnson's visit, Kaimale students took the opportunity to show the singer-songwriter some hula they have been learning.
"In the classrooms when we teach English, math, social studies and science, having the arts there to engage the students makes it more exciting for students to come to school everyday," Wilson said. "And that's why I think the attendance rates have gone up."