Page 3 - Chehalis Tribal Newsletter - July 2015
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2015 Chehalis Tribal Head Start Graduation
Chehalis Tribal Head Start from preparing a meal for General
Graduation was held on June 12 Council, to bake sales, and other
at the Chehalis Tribe Community fund raising activities supported
Center. We are sending twenty- by the greater community as well
three students off to kindergarten as by the Chehalis Tribal Business
in , Rochester, and Elma, ready Committee. This strong, small
to learn and to succeed in the fall. group worked hard and was able
Many of these children attended to raise enough money to buy
the program from Early Head Start decorations and ensure that each
through Head Start. child received a sweatshirt with
original art, a set of professional
One of the key aspects of school The 2015 Head Start graduates pictured are back row (L-R) graduation photos, and numerous
success is parent and community Teacher Tracy Mitchell, Leah Merriman, Liam Medina, miscellaneous fun gifts. Tribal
involvement, which these twenty- Z’ahjanae Filituala, Connor Summers, Yesenia Carbajal, Wyatt Elders Dede Devlin and Sally
three students clearly have. Head Gober. Middle row (L-R) are Levi Russell, Shyann Klatush, Pickutark also gave each graduate a
Start also ensures that children are Mason Cayenne, Eddie Sanchez, Enyo Visaya, Teddy Charles- hand crafted photo album.
ready for kindergarten through a Weber, Nathan Page, Rabekah Heap, Sawyer Keller
bevy of services individualized Front row (L-R) are Chloe Roberts, C.J. Edwards, Diane Wilson, Special Thanks
for each child including health, Sylis Sullivan, Caitlyn Burnett, Tyrone Youckton, Meaka Brown,
nutrition, social services, and special and Micah McNair. We would like to give special
services. thanks to all of the people who
Finally, the moment we had all been that children were photo ready for make this event happen every
Annie Jones, Tribal Elder and waiting for! Twenty-three eager their admiring families. year: The Chehalis Tribal Business
Past Head Start Cook, opened the children entered the community Committee for all of their support;
evening with prayer. Granny Annie center from the Gathering Room Following the ceremony, the Phillip Youckton and Loi Boyd for
is remembered not only for her tasty to a Chehalis canoe family journey Lucky Eagle put on a barbecue setting everything up; The staff of
meals, but also for teaching many song. Children drummed with and provided exemplary service as the Lucky Eagle Casino and Hotel
children the Chehalis language. sticks to the beat and entered in cap always. for preparing and providing the
Past graduates were appreciative of and gown and sash with designation delicious food; Jesse Gleason and
the time to be greeted so warmly of the 2015 year. We would like to extend a big J.J. Shortman for allowing us to use
by Annie during the evening. Head thank you to the parents that their awesome art work; Jodie Smith
Start Director Marcy Maki gave a Head Start Teacher Sara Ziady helped fundraiser since the fall for re-making all of the sashes; and
short speech and then families and called each child to receive their of 2014 to cover graduation the parents who helped make this
guests were able to view a dynamic certificate as Tracy Mitchell ensured expenses. Their activities ranged night special for their children!
slide show that nineteen year Head
Start veteran Teacher Tracy Mitchell
had put together.

Photos provided by Families spent the day together during the Annual Chehalis Early Learning
the Early Learning Fatherhood Fishing Day.
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