Navajo-Hopi Nations,Flagstaff & Winslow News
Wed, Jan. 22

Appreciates local book fair support

The Moencopi Day School Scholastic Book Fair was a success. I would like to thanks the students, families and community for supporting the book fair. Profit from the book fair will go toward purchasing books for reading awards for the students.

Thank you parents/guardians for donating books to our library in your child’s name — Minnie Goldtooth and Adolfo Gomez, Ernasha and Garrett Paddock, Amanda Leib and Carl Pery, Judy Ungerleider and Harrison Alter, and Lucinda Williams.

Publisher representatives, Belly Holley donated 55 books and Gary Hatten donated 40 books to our easy reading collection.

Victoria K. Curry

Moencopi Day School Librarian

Recounts 9/11 Hopi memorial

On the morning of Sept. 11, the Hopi Junior/Senior High School Junior ROTC put together a program to commemorate the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

The Hopi Junior ROTC Bruin Battalion, which totals 120 cadets/students, participated in the event. The commemoration started off with the ringing of a bell at 9:03 a.m., which signified the continued attack of the World Trade Towers, and immediately followed the sounding of sirens and flashing of emergency vehicles from the Hopi agencies of the police department, firefighters and emergency medical services.

The Hopi Junior ROTC Color Guard carried and presented the United States colors and the State of Arizona colors, followed by the singing of the National Anthem by Debbie Baker. The entire school and guests, who totaled approximately 1,000, were then treated to the Thunder Creek Singers rendition of the Native American Flag song and Victory Song.

With emotion starting to flow, two ROTC cadets recited the Pledge of Allegiance with the entire Hopi Junior ROTC Bruin Battalion joining in.

The Hopi Chairman, the Honorable Wayne Taylor Jr. was present and gave a short speech in which he applauded the Hopi Junior ROTC for putting the program together and reiterated, “We are much stronger and more patriotic than ever before.”

Following the speech, Cliff Balenquah recited the National Prayer, which was written specifically for the Sept. 11 tragedy.

The entire crowd was then asked to give a moment of silence for the innocent lives lost and the heroes of the day. Following the moment of silence Taps were played. With tears of sorrow for Sept. 11, 2001, there were tears of joy for the United States — standing together and stronger on Sept. 11, 2002.

Also that evening, the Hopi Junior ROTC was in Winslow to help the city commemorate the events of Sept. 11.

Sgt. 1st Class Miguel A. Rodriguez, Army Instructor, said, “It was a tremendous task to put together a program of this caliber, and at one time we were crying so much that we were wondering if we could ever finish. However, with the help of many people, both the staff and faculty and the Hopi agencies, it all came together. And we are extremely proud of the outcome.”

Many compliments were received from various organizations and cities for these young men and women that gave their time to put together and participate in events of this magnitude. The Hopi Junior ROTC program thanks everyone for the opportunities and are proud to have been asked to participate in these ceremonies and functions.

Second Lt. Tenille Whitehair

Hopi Junior/Senior High School Junior ROTC

Gives kudos to staff, community

“It Takes a Community” was the themes for the 21st Century Community Learning Center Summer Day Camp. We certainly believe that at Camp Wild Horse.

That’s why I’d like to thank all of our summer students who participated in our day camp. I’d also like to thank the 21st CCLC staff and community organizations who made the summer camp so enjoyable and exciting. Those organizations include Foster Grandparents Workforce Develop-ment, the Navajo-Hopi Observer, Tuba City Police Department, Tuba City Fire Department, Tuba City Indian Medical Center and countless volunteers.

One of our main objectives of the summer camp was to act as a refresher, so that students may return ready and prepared for the coming fall school year. Throughout the summer day camp, teachers and tutors provided a strong balance between academics and recreational activities. Consultants also provided activities such as jewelry making, 4-H, biking and art. Altogether we were able to provide enrichment to more than 800 students.

It is true, it really takes our community to raise a child. Not only are the 21st Century Community Learning Center and other organizations here to provide activities, but are also here to educate parents, family and community members about contributing to this community. Healthy families mean a safe and healthy community. We hope everyone can contribute to creating a safe and nurturing community. With that the staff here at the 21st Century Community Learning Center would like to wish all the students a safe and happy school year.

Pearl Yellowman-Caye

21st CCLC Coordinator

Greyhills Academy High School

Tuba City, Ariz.

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