Annual powwow at Duluth's Myers-Wilkins Elementary celebrates learning
At Myers-Wilkins Elementary School, education is a celebration with bells, feathers, moccasins and smiles. Parents and kids were on the gym floor marching to a loud drumming beat. Kids were wearing decorative head bands and tribal pieces, while e...
At Myers-Wilkins Elementary School, education is a celebration with bells, feathers, moccasins and smiles.
Parents and kids were on the gym floor marching to a loud drumming beat. Kids were wearing decorative head bands and tribal pieces, while eagerly jumping to the beat. Adults had ringing bells attached to their moccasins, bright feathers on their dress and colorful headpieces to match while dancing with the children.
"This is an event to enjoy education and lifelong learning," said Kathy Bogen, executive director for Myers-Wilkins Community School Collaborative.
"We want to show everyone that learning can actually be fun."
The 15th annual Steps to the Future Powwow was Thursday night at Myers-Wilkins. Adults and kids were invited to learn about different local colleges and professions.
"We are trying to stress the importance for kids to do well in school and graduate," Bogen said.
Local colleges and universities had informational booths about their programs. College students shared valuable advice with the children about graduating school and picking the right major.
Professional artists, post guards, IT specialists and more also were at the event to discuss their careers with the kids who were interested.
"It's important for kids to have support and guidance when it comes to education," said Melissa Watschke, a student affairs professional from St. Scholastica.
"This event allows kids to engage in fun higher-learning activities. If they can find something they like, then they will find education more meaningful."
Community members and parents seem to be very pleased with this event.
"This celebration is so nice and energetic," said Betty Bellanger. "Seeing all these kids here wanting to learn and expand their knowledge is truly rewarding."