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LES first-graders have a 'POW WOW Day'

Posted: November 23, 2010 3:12 p.m.
Updated: November 24, 2010 5:00 a.m.
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Dozens of Lugoff Elementary School (LES) first-graders arrived at school dressed as Pilgrims and Native Americans Tuesday morning, all in honor of the school’s annual POW WOW Day.

First-grade teacher Sara Fakoury said with many of the activities taking place outdoors, this year’s POW WOW Day was even “bigger and better” than before.

“In the past, we’ve had our POW WOW Day inside, but we decided to get physical this year and take it outside,” Fakoury said. “We had a speaker this morning who showed arrowheads and tomahawks that she found in her yard in Lugoff to the kids. They thought it was so cool.”

Fakoury said the LES first-graders have studied what life was like in early Colonial America, and learned about the first Thanksgiving, Pilgrims and Native Americans. Using what they’ve learned, the students played games Pilgrim children may have played hundreds of years ago and created crafts at different hands-on learning stations.

“They (also) played games with things that could be found in nature. We just want to show them that they don’t have to have computer games to have fun,” Fakoury said. “The games that we played were so simple, but they still had a blast. We’ve all had so much fun today.”

During the latter part of the day, Fakoury said, the students made butter, a Native American drum and rain stick shaker. They also got their faces painted.

Fakoury said this year’s celebration wouldn’t have been such a success without the help of Kim McKenzie at Lowe’s, who donated materials to create the drums; Garritt Williams, who helped make a teepee; and parent and grandparent volunteers.

Standing in the school’s cafeteria dressed in a Native American outfit, LES first-grade teacher Kathy Cruel said she hopes the first-graders walk away from POW WOW Day having learned several lessons, including the importance of learning about other cultures.

“We’ve been working on timelines and we’ve been comparing the games that kids played long ago to games that they play now. We just want all of the students to know that no matter who you are or where you come from, you can still share similarities and the same values with someone else,” Cruel said. “But we just really wanted to show students that they can accept different cultures, and that learning about other cultures can be really fun.”

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