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Donna Meader-York

Last Thursday, October 16, was a special day at Indian Township School. Ribbon shirts were pressed, and so were special occasion regalia.  Leather dresses and vests were taken out of their plastic coverings, along with moccasins for dancing feet. Little faces were bright with excitement to show mom and dad the song or dance they had learned in Passamaquoddy, and what an awesome job they all did! Each class from Pre-K all the way through eighth grade performed a song or dance, faces beaming with pride. The gym bleachers were brimming with family and friends, and the feeling of happiness was contagious.

 After a brief welcome from Miss Sarah Woog, who stood in for our principal, Chief Nicholas opened the celebration with a heartfelt speech. He spoke about the importance of keeping our traditions and our language alive for our children and for future generations. He wisely said that this was a task to be done collectively as a community and shouldn’t be solely placed on the shoulders of the school. We are truly grateful for our Chief’s attendance, and love how he makes our youth a priority. Kci woliwon Chief! Also in attendance were School Board member Kim Lola, and our State Representative, Matt Dana. Woliwon Kim and Matt for your support. We appreciate you!

Elder Wayne Newell was our MC of the celebration, and Elder Blanche Sockabasin sang the Welcome Song. Elder Joann Dana offered the opening prayer. We owe a big thank you of gratitude to our elders for their participation. Kci woliwon! Also to be thanked for their participation is community members Burt Polchies, James Dana, and Petak Lola for the drums, and Diora Sockabasin, Cassandra Dana, and Stacey Dana as lead dancers. You are all wonderful role models to our kids, and we thank you for your support.

 The championship Cross Country meet was held last Wednesday at the Mooshorn Refuge.  Eleven teams took part, and out of those 11 teams, Indian Township Elementary Boys took 1st place! Junior High girls came in 2nd. ITS Elementary runner Kendra Hayman placed 1st overall! WE are proud of our athletes! Congratulations to all who participated!  In other sports news, Volley Ball games this week are, Tuesday Oct. 21, ITS at Lubec, Wednesday Oct. 22, Elm St. at ITS, Thursday Oct. 23, Calais at ITS, and Friday Oct. 24, ITS at Calais.  Try to come out and support the girls.

 Upcoming dates to remember are, October 30, 4:00 – 5:00 PM Indian Township Health Center is sponsoring a scare run. On October 31, ITS second grade is putting on a Halloween play. Grade 2 parents are invited to attend. November 4, Parent Conferences at ITS, and November 10 is the first day of the Book Fair. It’s hard to believe we are approaching Thanksgiving already, but on November 19, students from ITS will go to the Elderly Meal Site and sing for the elders, and bring gifts in celebration of Thanksgiving. 

That’s all the news for this week. Until next week, take care of yourselves and keep learning!