Article and photos by Anne E. O’Malley

About 128 students at Kapa`a Elementary School made paper-mache Wish Fish in art teacher Wendy Benton’s classroom, tucking tiny messages written on tissue paper inside the balloon bodies as they worked. Wishes ranged from the lofty to the mundane and included ideas such as be rich, remain friends with my favorite friends forever, to fly — and more. Benton, their art teacher with over 30 years of experience — 25 of them at Kapa`a Elementary —  was stoked at how the students got into it. Following a rubric developed by Benton, students rated their projects. Sounds like A+!