Islands in the fun! School hosts Hawaiian luau

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Hawaii or Brooklyn?!: Brothers Jean and Jeremy Hidalgo played beach ball during the luau.
Round of applause!: Students performed Chinese culture-inspired dance in front of friends and family.
Day of dancing!: Students also performed Latin-style dances!
Arts and crafts!: Czhine Samule and India Darby crafted cards and sand art during a Luau and Arts Festival at PS 811 in Sheepshead Bay on May 7.

Aloha joy!

PS 811 turned into a Hawaiian paradise during the Sheepshead Bay school’s Luau and Arts Festival on May 7. Organizers planned the day as a way for the school’s special-needs students to bond with friends and family — and kids had a blast, one mom said.

“They did a lot of playing,” said East New Yorker Quissy Ortega, who brought 15-year-old PS 811 student Jean and his brother Jeremy. “They ate a lot, they ran around, they were dancing, they played basketball.”

Kids snacked on ham and pineapple and got to do arts and crafts, too. One student used the opportunity to make a card for her mom — just in time for Mother’s Day, the proud progenitor said.

“It was very pretty,” said mom Abygail Ortiz.

The school does a wonderful job bringing families together, Ortiz said.

“The school is always having events, which always pulls the family in,” she said. “We’re always welcome there. And it’s a quality program with quality teachers who are invested in their students.”

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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