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Sugar museum offering program for 2nd-graders

As the Alexander & Baldwin Sugar Museum celebrates 25 years of offering a children’s education program, a “standards-based” program for 2nd-graders is launching in September.

Using their five senses, 2nd-graders in Maui County schools can learn about plantation life and families. Tasting an old-fashioned ice cake treat, learning how water was brought down the mountain to the fields, touching real artifacts and scrubbing clothes on a washboard are some of the activities. The program includes pre-visit materials for teachers and a field trip to the museum.

It is offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from September through May, except holidays. Cost is $1 per student. Teachers and chaperons are admitted free. Transportation subsidies for 2nd-grade students (one bus per school per day at the lowest rate for the school’s area) can be provided.

The educational program and the bus subsidy are made possible through a grant from Alexander & Baldwin Inc.

For other grades, the museum can arrange tours led by volunteer docents, and some classroom materials are available. Teachers are encouraged to sign up early as the program has filled up quickly in the past.

Located directly across from the HC&S Sugar Mill in Puunene, the Alexander & Baldwin Sugar Museum is an independent nonprofit organization established in 1980 as a memorial to early sugar pioneers Samuel T. Alexander and Henry Perrine Baldwin. The museum is a historical and cultural repository for artifacts, photos and documents that depict the history of sugar on Maui.

It is open seven days a week from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with last admission at 4 p.m. For more information, call Educational Coordinator Holly Buland at 871-8058 or see www.sugarmuseum.com.