Native American Female Artist of Year at Shonto<br>

One seventh-grade student, Scottie Nez, admitted to Jana that he does not attend classes consistently. However, he expressed a strong interest in mathematics. His math teacher confirmed this.

In exchange for a CD, Scottie and Jana made a pact that he would attend school the following week without missing a day. Jana asked his friends to call her if he doesn’t show up at school, especially math class.

During the week, the seventh graders kept tabs on him each day. Scottie kept his promise.

When Jana found out about Scottie’s progress she sent a note back to the school.

“Thank you so much for telling me about Scottie and how he attended his Math class everyday,” she wrote. “ I was very moved to hear that he not only went to class, but participated and performed very well in his studies. I just wanted to say how proud I am of Scottie, and that he lived up to his word when he promised to go to class every day. Scottie has set an example for all of the kids at Shonto Preparatory School.

“I had such a wonderful time when I visited the school. All the students at your school were very kind and respectful to me and I see them as the leaders of our future. Thank you again, for letting me know of this wonderful progress of Scottie.”

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