MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

Opinion

November 26, 2013

Older students broaden young ones’ horizons

Two different groups of teens recently gave their time to broaden younger students’ experience.

Muskogee High School Advanced Placement Spanish students read to Irving Elementary first- and second-graders. They read books in Spanish, then translated each phrase in English.

Young kids identify with older students and look up to them at the same time. This makes the high school students effective mentors.

“I never got to read to kids before,” said MHS junior Jose Nava. “The kids really looked up to me. I was one of them once.”

First-grade teacher Aprel Paris said her students particularly enjoyed hearing the stories in two languages. She said six of her 21 pupils speak Spanish as their first language.

We trust the experience helped the students understand classmates of other cultures better.

The HOPE club dance group from Sequoyah High School taught Whittier Elementary School students something about Native American culture recently. The group’s performance is part of their celebration of Native American Heritage month.

The HOPE club is driven by one purpose, Honoring Our People’s Existence.

The group honors their heritage by passing on their cultural knowledge to a younger generation.

“Elementary students are still forming opinions, attitudes and beliefs,” said Tonya Soap, co-sponsor. “We are helping to show an accurate portrayal and broaden the understanding of Native Americans.”

The group represents a variety of tribes and traditions through song and dance.

Every Whittier student had a chance to participate with the HOPE group, personally experiencing a tribal dance.

Older students sharing their culture is a powerful thing. It can build bridges of understanding between people, and is especially effective in broadening the horizons of the young.

Kudos to both groups of teens.

1
Text Only
Opinion
AP Video
Six Indicted in StubHub Hacking Scheme Former NTSB Official: FAA Ban 'prudent' EPA Gets Hip With Kardashian Tweet Bodies of MH17 Victims Arrive in the Netherlands Biden Decries Voting Restrictions in NAACP Talk Broncos Owner Steps Down Due to Alzheimer's US, UN Push Shuttle Diplomacy in Mideast Trump: DC Hotel Will Be Among World's Best Plane Crashes in Taiwan, Dozens Feared Dead Republicans Hold a Hearing on IRS Lost Emails Raw: Mourners Gather As MH17 Bodies Transported Robot Parking Valet Creates Stress-free Travel Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Disabled Veterans Memorial Nearing Completion Last Mass Lynching in U.S. Remains Unsolved Home-sharing Programs Help Seniors Ex-NYC Mayor: US Should Allow Flights to Israel
Poll

Should a federal judge have the power to strike down Oklahoma's ban on gay marriage?

Yes
No
     View Results
Featured Ads
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Stocks