On May 1, 2012, while the Many Farms, Tsaile, and Pinon food runs were taking place, the third grade classes from Wasatch Peak Academy in North Salt Lake joined our office manager, Joyce Trapman, and several volunteers for a presentation about what preparations are necessary to have the food runs, as well as what happens on a food run.
The students brought in many canned goods and other items for us to take to the Elders. Since the Big Mountain, Teesto, and Sanders food runs hadn’t taken place yet, the 48 third graders, 2 teachers and 8 parents were able to see all of the boxes that were still in the warehouse and going out to the Navajo locations on Friday.
Art Sleeper talked about how the food is boxed at the warehouse and then taken by volunteers to the Navajo food run locations, and Sandy Sleeper showed pictures of Elders at the food runs. These pictures included shots of the land and the food boxes in the Rainbow arc.
Beverly Benally explained the meaning of the juniper berry necklaces and how they offer protection for people wearing them. Then we passed out juniper berry necklaces, as giveaways, to all of the students and adults. Of course, they put them on immediately and shared them with their friends.
After the presentation, we broke up the students into 3 groups. The groups rotated to these activities:
The students made cards for the Elders to be sent with their donations.
(Note: April is head of the Amasani program at ANE. Learn more about what ANE has to offer for children.)