- Students from Jeff Syke's Native American Literature class at
Navajo Preparatory High School entertained young children during
the Children's and Elder's Day Sept. 9 as a part of the Northern
seniors from the school volunteered to read to children. They are
Nicole Benally, Marian Goodluck, Alana Jordan, Eleroy Singer, Rae
Dean Yazzie, and Charmayne Nelson.
trying to promote reading," said Nelson. "The Native American Literature
class has been doing it for the past three years."
purpose of reading to children not only promotes reading but promotes
Native American authors as well.
like to see other schools do this," Nelson said about reading to
read children's books from authors like Joy Harjo, Luci Tapahonso,
Shonto Begay and Janet Stevens. The students borrowed the books
from the Farmington Public Library.
also giving out books to the children," Nelson said. "The stories
are written in Navajo and they have a little note to have the kids'
parents or grandparents read the story to them."
San Juan School District in Utah published the books written in
the Navajo language. About 150 books were donated.
children eagerly listened to the stories being read. They sat patiently
and quietly on cushions provided by the student readers.
eyes set on her as senior Marian Goodluck read "The Good Luck Cat"
by Joy Harjo. Students from Laurel Gandy's first grade class from
the Aneth Community School sat and listened.
was fun," a shy Keshone Summa, 7, said about the reading. "It's
about a cat running away. I don't know its name but he ran away."
feel it's a good emphasis, the reading and the language," Nelson
added. "It's like a service project."
school we're learning to read," Logan Filfred, 6, said. "We also
can go outside and play and sing a long."
so adorable," Nelson said about the children. "They pay attention
and they listen and respond well. It's nice to see that they're
eager to listen to the reading."