HAL: more than cardboard arcade games

Johanna Thilliander

Laythen Streit, Staff Writer

The educational group “HAL” was created to provide an intervention opportunity for students who might need an extra level of challenge to the classroom curriculum. They are given more assignments and extra projects in order to push their knowledge further.

This group also teaches children more about teamwork and practical skills through projects. One of the most enjoyable projects that the kids are given was that they all crafted their own games out of spare materials, like cardboard, paper, plastic, and several other materials. Once their games are completed, they present their projects to their fellow classmates. Sometimes they will share projects with the rest of the elementary.

The HAL participants instruct and direct their players how to play their games while they try the game itself. The younger students are often given candy for their efforts in the games. Some of the games made include ski ball, fishing, shooting gallery and live theatre. In the end, it helps students learn valuable skills that will be useful in the future.

“The HAL program helps the students to learn real-world skills, like problem-solving, and cooperation. I believe these kids will grow to be very successful and hardworking!” HAL teacher Mrs. Kim Drey said.

Even when most of the kids go on to junior high, they still want to be in the HAL program. Who knows, maybe in the future, junior high students can still participate in HAL.

HAL is one of the reasons why I came to teach in the high school,” Drey said. “I used to hear my 3rd graders say how much they loved HAL, so I decided to give it a shot.”

Many students love this program, and maybe, many more will love it as well. HAL allows younger students to develop important skills early and exposes them to situations that they will encounter in their later years in their education. HAL is a very useful activity, and it is here to stay!