Brighter Masks, Brighter Keiki

Brighter Masks, Brighter Keiki

From Karla Garjaka

Globally Brighter is raising money to buy and donate see-through masks to every public school teacher in Oahu! Please join this cause and help us empower our Keiki!

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Support the Brighter Masks, Brighter Keiki campaign

Karla Garjaka, the CEO & Founder of Globally Brighter, is proud to announce a new campaign that will improve the learning of our keiki in public schools in Honolulu (and possibly all Oahu): Brighter Masks, Brighter Keiki. Through this campaign, Karla plans to buy and donate see-through masks to all public school teachers across Oahu. “A large part of communication happens non-verbally. Verbal communication is usually accompanied and enhanced by body language and facial expressions. Decades of research from many different labs suggest that faces are quite special for kids. According to experts, our facial expressions and body movement account for about 53% what we communicate. At that young age, children need to see the mouth movements and facial expression of their caregivers and teachers in order to be able to develop speech”, Karla adds: “Kids learn to speak mainly by looking at the speaker’s mouth movement, only by seeing how the mouth makes the sound that the child will be able to reproduce it.”

How it all began

The initial idea for the campaign started a few months ago, when my 4-year-old went back to school. I talked her teacher into using a see-through mask by explaining the learning benefits to the students. The teacher jumped at it at once. Right after that, I started wondering why not do the same for all teachers in Oahu. I started sharing my idea to parents and educators and got a resounding support back. Now we plan to take this to all public schools in Oahu.

How can you help? 

By donating to this campaign - any amount helps. If you want to help but are not able to donate money, please spread the word and/or let me know if you want to help with the delivery of the masks to the schools throughout the island. 

Campaign goals

  • $20,000 the campaign will provide see-through masks to all public elementary schools in Honolulu 
  • $40,000, we will be able to extend the coverage to all public elementary schools in Oahu 
  • $60,000 we can donate see-through masks to all public elementary, middle and high schools in Oahu!

Thanks for your help and support! Together we can and will empower our kids! 

Karla Garjaka Ed.D.

CEO & Founder of Globally Brighter

Holistic Educational and Nutritional Psychologist

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