, 2023-01-13 19:54:08,
Indigenous students from all over School District 23 they had a hands-on experience this week at a winter gathering learning about their culture through song, dance, and natural elements.
Bright colors and the sound of drums have filled the School District 23 Learning Center for the past three days as 280 Indigenous students learned about their culture.
“We’re just here to celebrate the culture and be proud to be indigenous,” said April Strickland, assistant director of indigenous education for School District 23.
“We talked a little bit about what it means to be indigenous, so the students understand why they are here and we really want them to feel proud of where they come from. It is very, very important that they get a sense of the culture when they are here.”
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Third grade students from across the district learned about Native American history through hands-on activities, and the staff believes this will help the children retain the knowledge.
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