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Teaching Kids about Native American Culture

Jumpstart at the Newburgh Ministry is an academic enrichment after school program modeled after The Children's Defense Fund Freedom School. Students in grades k-12 will learn about the Indigenous peoples of America, their culture, food, and language. The students will utilize a community garden already in existence at the Newburgh Ministry to observe the growing of traditional Native American crops such as corn, beans, and pumpkins. The students will also research Native American culture via books, videos, audio, and the Internet. The project will culminate with an informal presentation of what the students learned about Native American culture. The students will work in groups to construct a traditional Native American medicine wheel to display at the Newburgh Ministry. The medicine wheel will be permanently displayed so the larger community can see their achievements.

Funded by Newburgh, NY (September 2018)